Patrolman Francis V. Quinn

Patrolman Francis V. Quinn

Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, February 16, 1933

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Francis V. Quinn

Patrolman Quinn was shot and killed while attempting to question three suspicious suspects.

Patrolman Quinn was on a walking beat that included the intersection of Western Avenue and Washington Street. He was standing in the doorway of a pharmacy at this intersection when he observed three suspicious men walking up Washington Street towards him. As the men reached the intersection, he told them he wanted to talk to them.

He crossed the street to talk to them and before he said a word, they grabbed him, pinning him against a building. He quickly broke free and then saw one of the men draw a revolver. As he went for his own gun, he said, "Don't shoot me! Please think of my family." The gunman then shot him. The patrolman slumped into the gutter after being shot in the head. The other two men fled as soon as the first shot was fired.

All three suspects, 23, 28, and 33, were captured, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment. All three had parole hearings in 1948.

Patrolman Quinn was survived by his wife and three sisters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

suspicious person

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My Auntie Ella was Frank Quinn’s wife and widow. After he was murdered she lived with my grandmother, Mary Alice (Mae) Curry in Lynn. As children, we were only told that he was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Auntie Ella was an “extra Nana” to us but somewhat fragile, as I now understand. Many years later, when both of my parents had passed away, I found a newspaper article describing the confrontation with suspects that resulted in his murder. I was reminded of this today when my sister saw on the very early newscast (channel 5) that they were honoring all fallen MA police officers at the Statehouse. She saw his name. I am so grateful that all are remembered, no matter how long ago, no matter the circumstances.

Susan Soucy

October 28, 2022

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