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Patrolman Leo J. Garrahan | Watervliet Police Department, New York Watervliet Police Department, New York


Leo J. Garrahan

Watervliet Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 28, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 18

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/2/1930

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 60 years to life

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Patrolman Garrahan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier while transporting a prisoner to jail in the side car of his motorcycle. The prisoner grabbed Patrolman Garrahan's service revolver from its holster and shot him several times. The suspect was arrested four days later.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 60 years to life. He was denied a new trial on December 4, 1958.

Patrolman Garrahan was single and had served with the agency for 6 years.

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