Patrolman Francis X. Tierney

Patrolman Francis X. Tierney

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Saturday, March 6, 1915

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Francis X. Tierney

Patrolman Francis Tierney was shot and killed as he and three other officers attempted to arrest two suspicious men who were attempting to pawn two watches at a business near 6th Street and Market Street.

When the officers arrived the men fled and exchanged shots with the officers. The officers chased the men into a nearby stable where Patrolman Tierney was shot and killed and the other three officers were wounded.

The two suspects were then taken into custody. The suspect who killed him was executed on May 14, 1915.

Patrolman Tierney had served with the Wilmington Police Department for only three months. He was survived by his fiancee.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1915

foot pursuit, suspicious person

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Rest well brother....unforgotten.

Sgt. Albert Wysock
Cheswold PD and NCCPD (ret)

March 6, 2021

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