Patrolman Thomas J. Norton

Patrolman Thomas J. Norton

New York Municipal Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 19, 1881

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Thomas J. Norton

Patrolman Thomas Norton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest another officer for extortion.

He had responded to the back of a store at 44 Delancey Street after it was reported a man was attempting to extort another man. While attempting to remove the officer, he was shot in the neck.

His assailant was sentenced to four years for his conviction of manslaughter in the third degree.

Patrolman Norton had served with the New York Municipal Police Department for two years and was assigned to the 10th Precinct, the present-day 5th Precinct.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 18, 1881
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 4 years

arrest attempt

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Our Dear Thomas J Norton - Always remembered... though many generations have passed... Uncle Tom's legacy lives on.

Thomas J Norton was a patrolman with the 10th precint, NYC police. He was shot and killed in the line of duty by a rogue cop 140 years ago on Delancy St, New York City.

Thomas J Norton was the son of Irish immigrants who settled in Stevensville, Sullivan County, NY. He was well liked and popular with his friends. In December 1879 he joined the New York police force. His murder took a huge toll on the Norton family and created a huge void in their lives. The love they had for their dear Tom has transcended through generations. A large portrait of him has been passed down those generations along with his story so that we will never forget this man who gave his all.

Geri E Neumann
Grand Niece

December 18, 2023

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