Police Officer James Skelly

Police Officer James Skelly

New Britain Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1924

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James Skelly

Officer James Skelly was shot and killed after responding to a report of a burglary in progress at a local department store.

When the officers arrived, they confronted the suspect and identified themselves. The man immediately opened fire, striking Officer Skelly in the chest three times.

The man was convicted of Officer Skelly's murder and hanged in 1926.

Officer Skelly had been employed with the New Britain Police Department for 17 years.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1926

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Officer Skelly, it has been 99 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 12, 2023

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