Constable Gideon Manchester

Constable Gideon Manchester

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, July 16, 1852

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Gideon Manchester

Constable Gideon Manchester was shot and killed as he attempted to confront a suspect who was burglarizing Fall River stores. The burglar was seen breaking into numerous businesses and stealing approximately $500 in cash in the early morning hours. Constable Manchester confronted him and attempted to place him under arrest, but the suspect drew a pistol and fired, striking Constable Manchester and mortally wounding him.

The suspect was later arrested and convicted of murdering Constable Manchester. He was executed on April 28, 1854.

Constable Manchester was survived by his wife, mother, and three young children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 52

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Executed

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Today marks the 163rd anniversary of your sacrifice. All the reflections left after my initial one in 2006 are truly wonderful to see and to know your family honored you as the City and Police Department of Fall River memorialized you is heartwarming.

You were a pioneer in Massachusetts law enforcement and a true hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest remain peaceful, Brother.

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

July 16, 2015

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