Police Officer Louis T. Gormley

Police Officer Louis T. Gormley

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 1898

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Louis T. Gormley

Police Officer Louis Gormley was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while involved in a foot pursuit of a fugitive.

The subject, who was wanted for escaping a warrant service a week prior, was spotted hiding on Melville Street. Officer Gormley and two other officers went to the area to apprehend him. The subject fled into a field, and during the pursuit, he fell. When the officers tried to arrest him, the second officer's firearm discharged and struck Officer Gormley. The two officers carried Officer Gormley to the street, where he died.

Officer Gormley had served with the Fall River Police Department for six years. He was survived by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 55

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

foot pursuit, fugitive, warrant

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Officer Gormley, it has been 127 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 23, 2023

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