Patrolman Thomas O'Malley

Patrolman Thomas O'Malley

Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 3, 1933

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Thomas O'Malley

Patrolman Thomas O'Malley succumbed to wounds two days earlier when he was shot and stabbed by a drunk man who attacked him as he was trying to arrest him during a disturbance on Lafayette Street.

Patrolman O'Malley had been told by the subjects brother who had been assaulted by him earlier in the day that he was on the second floor of the house. As Officer O'Malley climbed the stairs to the second floor he was shot by the subject on the stairs. Patrolman O'Malley then managed to struggle with the subject into a bedroom on the first floor when he was stabbed. During the Struggle, Patrolman O'Malley was able to return fire killing the subject.

Patrolman O'Malley realizing he was in need of medical attention went outside the home and was meant by an off-duty officer who took him West Side Hospital.

Patrolman O'Malley had served with the Scranton Police Department for six years and was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years, 1 month
  • Badge 197

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 1, 1933
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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