Police Officer John Joseph Winn

Police Officer John Joseph Winn

Lowell Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, May 3, 1971

John Joseph Winn

Officer John J. Winn died as a result of injuries received in an assault seventeen months earlier.

Office Winn was checking the doors of a church and two men attacked him when he entered the dark back stairwell to check the door. They attacked him with a tire iron, leaving him for dead, to take his pistol so they could hold up a liquor store and get money to buy drugs.

However, Officer Winn wasn’t dead. He crawled and walked to a local pay phone where he called for an ambulance. His optic nerve was damaged and he went blind right away. Officer Winn lived for another seventeen months, dying as a result of the severe injuries that he sustained in that horrendous beating.

Both suspects where apprehended and convicted of assaulting Officer Winn. One was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in prison and the other to 10 to 15 years.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, December 5, 1969
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

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How disgraceful, disgusting and disheartening that these two bags of filth were EVER allowed even a chance of getting out of prison when, Brother, you were not. Your prison was permanent and though it took 17 months to begin serving your sentence, it was a HORRIBLE 17 months.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has gotten no better when looking out for the scum of the Earth over those who protect it.

I honor your memory today, the 147th anniversary of your passing and PRAY that things begin to correct themselves.

An honorable man murdered by derelict and meaningless nobodies is NOT something that should be overlooked.

God Bless you Brother and may your eternal rest be EVER peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 3, 2018

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