Sergeant Thomas P. Oates

Sergeant Thomas P. Oates

Troy Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1925

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Thomas P. Oates

Sergeant Thomas Oates was shot and killed by a man who was also wanted for the murder of Captain Albert Youmans and the wounding of Patrolman John Flynn, both of the Schenectady Police Department. Patrolman Flynn succumbed to his wounds ten years later, on August 28, 1934.

The suspect was shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan, of the Schenectady Police Department, on September 15th, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sergeant Thomas P. Oates is my great uncle. He left this earth before I was even born. I am proud and honored to have an uncle who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. You'll always be a hero to me and my family. Thank you to all the police officers who risk their lives daily to keep us safe. Uncle Tom, may you have eternal rest in God's kingdom.

Martha McGuirk
Great niece of Sergeant Thomas P. Oates

December 12, 2023

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