Patrolman John J. Gallagher

Patrolman John J. Gallagher

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, May 25, 1962

John J. Gallagher

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.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1308

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

burglary

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Today’s the anniversary of my dad’s death. I know him as best a seven year old can know his dad. I learn more about him and the brave men and woman like him through the thoughts and reflections on this site. Thanks for your recollections.
To Ned: I knew your dad, Bob and he would visit every now and again a very good man.

John J. Gallagher JR
Son

May 25, 2018

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