Detective Lieutenant Thomas Truesdale

Detective Lieutenant Thomas Truesdale

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Monday, June 30, 1958

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Thomas Truesdale

Detective Lieutenant Thomas Truesdale and Patrolman Emil Newberg were both shot and killed as they tried to disarm a suicidal man who had barricaded himself in a bathroom with a pistol. The suspect, 35, had walked away from a V A veterans mental institution in Brockton, Mass. on October 21, 1957. He was committed in Providence mental hospital where he died in 1983.

Detective Lieutenant Truesdale had served with the Pawtuckett Police Department for 37 years and was killed on his 58th birthday.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed

barricade, suicidal subject

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Lieutenant Truesdale, it has been 67 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 that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 1, 2023

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