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

arrest attempt, burglary in progress

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Constable Manchester,
On today, the 170th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fall River. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 16, 2022

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