Patrolman John Friel

Patrolman John Friel

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, September 24, 1918

John Friel

Patrolman Friel was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of a prowler. The officers spotted the man in the dead-end of West Broadway. As they approached the suspect the man opened fire and Patrolman Friel was struck twice. He succumbed to his wounds early the next day. The suspect escaped the scene and was never apprehended.
Patrolman Friel had been with the agency for 23 years and was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 23, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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John was my Great grandfather. He had three sons and four daughters; John, James, Walter, Margret, Kathrine, Agnes and Alice. Alice married Martin A. Rooney and had four children; Martin, Alice, John and Helen, and sixteen grandchildren. Alice was my mother. So just to let you all know the beat goes on. So far the great-grandchildren just in my family have had seven great-great-grandchildren. Rest in Peace John

Timothy Joseph Patrick Johnson
Great Grand child

February 18, 2014

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