Patrolman Thomas Walker

Patrolman Thomas Walker

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, August 15, 1865

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Thomas Walker

Patrolman Thomas Walker was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a woman's cry for help at 95 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. A group of men had just raped the woman. Patrolman Walker and his partner approached the locked door and Patrolman Walker called out to the suspects "We are Officers, you villains! What are you doing to this woman?"

Patrolman Walker's partner then attempted to pull the door open, but at the same time some of the suspects pushed the door open and ran. One suspect, still inside the building fired out the open door, killing Patrolman Walker. The suspect then fled on foot with Patrolman Walker's partner in pursuit. Patrolman Walker's partner fired three times at the fleeing suspects before his revolver jammed. While on Sixteenth Street, about 150 feet east of Seventh Avenue, the suspect threw down his hat and coat and hid behind a tree-box.

The suspect was arrested by Patrolman Walker's partner, and a coroner's inquest found that the apprehended suspect was responsible for firing the fatal shot at Patrolman Walker. The other eight suspects escaped but were arrested as accomplices to Patrolman Walker's murder. The shooter was found guilty of manslaughter in the Court of General Sessions on December 18th, 1865.

Patrolman Walker was assigned to the 29th Precinct and was survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Found guilty

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Rest in peace Patrolman Walker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 15, 2022

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