Sergeant D. J. Finch

Sergeant D. J. Finch

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, March 8, 1869

D. J. Finch

Sergeant Finch was shot and killed when he and two other officers went to arrest a suspect on a warrant. A Captain from the Second Arkansas Sate Guard came to Memphis with an arrest warrant for a suspect. He stopped at Police Headquarters and Sergeant Finch and another Sergeant were assigned to accompany the Captain to arrest the suspect. When they arrived at the tavern where the suspect was staying, Sergeant Finch entered through the back while the Captain and other Sergeant entered from the front.

The suspect immediately recognized the Arkansas Captain and fled towards the back door while firing. Several shots were exchanged as the suspect attempted to pass Sergeant Finch to escape out the back door. During the gun battle the Captain was slightly injured and Sergeant Finch was mortally wounded and the suspect escaped out the back door.

Help was summoned for Sergeant Finch, but doctors were unable to help Sergeant Finch and he died the next day from his wounds.

Sergeant Finch, who served with the Union Army during the Civil War, had been with the agency for three years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 7, 1869
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

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Sgt. Finch,
Sir, even though it's been over 146 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the Union Army during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2015

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