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Sergeant John Joseph Moriarty | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


John Joseph Moriarty

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant John Moriarty was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a suspect who was using counterfeit half-dollar coins. Sergeant Moriarty was sent to investigate a report of counterfeit coins being used. When he located the suspect he searched him, overlooking a .32- caliber revolver that was strapped to his leg. Without warning the suspect drew his weapon and shot Sergeant Moriarty. Despite being mortally wounded, Sergeant Moriarty was able to hold the suspect until a civilian came over and struck him on the head with a wrench.

The suspect was able to flee, pursued by responding officers and a gang of civilians. They were able to corner the suspect in a boathouse, where after a long gun battle the suspect was shot and killed.

Sergeant Moriarty had served with the agency for 26 years. He was survived by four children and one stepson.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 26, 2015


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