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Patrolman William J. Finnigan | Irvington Police Department, New Jersey Irvington Police Department, New Jersey


William J. Finnigan

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, February 4, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 29

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Patrolman William Finnigan was shot and killed as he and his partner transported a prisoner to police headquarters.

The officers spotted the known car thief at near his home on Grove Street and arrested him. As they transported him police headquarters a concealed handgun fell from the man's clothing onto the floorboard of the vehicle near the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Bruen Avenue. A struggle ensued in which Patrolman Finnigan was shot.

Despite being mortally wounded Patrolman Finnigan was able to subdue the subject. He was transported to a local hospital where he died in surgery several hours later.

Patrolman Finnigan had served with the Irvington Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Patrolman Finnigan is my great grandfather. Thank you for honoring him on this site and telling his heroic story for all of us who never got to meet him. He must have been a great man evidenced by my wonderful grandfather and dad.

Deb Garwood
great granddaughter
July 31, 2014


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