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Patrolman John J. Gallagher | Boston Police Department, Massachusetts Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman

John J. Gallagher

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Friday, May 25, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 1308

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Patrolman John Gallagher was shot by a burglar at Shawmut Bank in Kenmore Square when responding to an alarm.

The subject ambushed Patrolman Gallagher in the basement and shot him once in the chest, and then in the knee. Patrolman Gallagher died at Beth Israel Hospital.

The man was sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died while incarcerated.

Patrolman Gallagher was survived by his wife and three children.

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Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo
May 26, 2017

 

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