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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It’s a small world! I was assigned to the 6 Pct. in 1995 after my promotion to Sgt. I vividly remember Ptl. Thomas Gargan’s Memorial Plaque inside the 6 Pct. -During my time on patrol, we passed by 132 Bank St. where these brave Patrolmen responded. I could only imagine the fury of that call! Fast forward 2019, while dining in a local restaurant, I met Ptl Thomas Gargan’s great granddaughter Maeve. I was honored to meet her and inform her of her Great grandfathers’ memorials in the 6 Pct., NYPD Memorial Wall in lower Manhattan and in Washington D.C. -Never forgotten

Sgt. Margaret Anderson-retired 2004

October 13, 2019

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