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Detective Patrick Gaffney | East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


Patrick Gaffney

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 25, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/19/1918

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Detective Patrick Gaffney was shot and killed in the area of Elm Street and Coit Road after responding to a report of two men trying to steal a car.

As Detective Gaffney and his partner arrived the suspects immediately opened fire. During the ensuing foot pursuit and shootout Detective Gaffney was struck in the lung, causing a fatal injury.

The suspect who shot Detective Gaffney was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison on December 12, 1920. He died in prison on July 27, 1937.

Detective Gaffney had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife.

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