Watchman David Estes

Watchman David Estes

Boston Watch, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, April 27, 1848

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David Estes

Watchman David Estes was shot and killed while helping other watchmen pursue two thieves who had committed a burglary at No. 8 Liberty Square during the early morning hours on April 27.

As Watchman Estes was about to apprehend one of the fleeing suspects by grabbing his arm near Milk and sister Streets, he was shot point blank by the youth who had drawn a hidden pistol. Watchman Estes succumbed to his wounds nearly 12 hours later.

Watchman Estes, a member of the Boston Watch for 12 years, was survived by his wife. Their two young sons preceded Watchman Estes in death.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

burglary, juvenile offender

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Now 170 years and yet, you are still remembered and respected.

God Bless, Watchman Estes for all eternity.

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

April 27, 2018

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