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Special Agent John G. Finiello | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

John G. Finiello

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, September 19, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Jersey

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with murder

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Special Agent John Finiello was shot and killed while conducting a raid on a brewery in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with several other agents from the Philadelphia Office. The agents had taken several men prisoner in the brewery's boiler room when they were surprised by a gunman who opened fire, killing Agent Finiello.

The suspect then escaped through a secret tunnel in the brewery. The man was arrested in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey where he was charged with murder.

Agent Finiello was survived by his wife and two small children.

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Agent Finiello, today marks the 85th anniversary of your sacrifice. I wish to thank you for your service. You did a job few had the gut to do and of course there were some who took the job to profit by it. By the accounts I read here, you were in it for the right reasons and were a truly honorable man.

It is beautiful to see that your family has not only remembered you, but posted reflections here so that we who visit can get to know the man behind the page better. They are doing exactly what I pray each family does when they lose someone dear, keep that person in their hearts and minds so that they are never truly gone. Your family has done that and God Bless them for it.

And God Bless you as well, Brother, may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 19, 2015


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