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Chief of Police John J. Finnell | Elmira Police Department, New York Elmira Police Department, New York

Chief of Police

John J. Finnell

Elmira Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 23, 1915

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: One apprehended

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Chief John Finnell and Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell were shot and killed while attempting to question two burglary suspects in a rooming house on Baldwin Street. The two men they went to question were suspected in a string of recent burglaries. Both officers were shot in the room where the men were staying.

Both suspects fled the scene. One was apprehended a short time later but the other was never apprehended.

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Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell
Elmira Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 23, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
March 23, 2012

 

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