Patrolman Thomas Gargan

Patrolman Thomas Gargan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 17, 1947

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Thomas Gargan

Patrolman Gargan was shot and killed after responding a burglary in progress call.

Patrolman Gargan and his partner were on patrol in a radio car when they received a call that there was a burglary in progress in an apartment at 132 Bank Street, Manhattan. The patrolmen responded and found that the door to the apartment was open. When Patrolman Gargan entered the apartment, he was shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect was armed with a flare gun that had been modified to fire one 12-gauge shotgun shell.

Patrolman Gargan's partner shot wounded the suspect. He was then arrested and charged with murder. The suspect was executed on January 6, 1949, after being convicted of murder.

Patrolman Gargan was a highly decorated officer who had received the Combat Medal two years prior after being involved in a shootout in Greenwich Village. He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions in this incident.

Patrolman Gargan had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and was survived by his wife and four sons. He was assigned to the 6th Precinct.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 16613

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Flare gun
  • Offender Executed in 1949

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I did not know Ptl. Tom Gargan. He died before I was born. I learned of his sacrifice when I came on the Job. In the 70s I worked with his son Det Tom Gargan in the 88 Sqd. A terrific detective, he taught me a lot about investigations. I also came to know his grandson Mike another legend in the NYPD.

In a way I am connected more to Ptl Gargan than to his son and Grandson. We are Marine Corps brothers! I was surprised that his Marine Corps service was not mentioned in his official bio.

The NYPD Marine Corps Association honored Ptl Gargan and presented the Gargan Family with a plaque a few years back.

Rest In Peace Marine.

Semper Fidelis!

Capt. Joe Lisi

August 18, 2019

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