Patrolman James Golden

Patrolman James Golden

Dunmore Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 1900

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James Golden

Patrolman James Golden succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to arrest two men who were fighting outside of a saloon near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Willow Street.

One of the subjects resisted arrest and struggled with Patrolman Golden. The man's brother then retrieved a .32 caliber revolver from inside of a nearby barber shop and handed it to the man, who then shot Patrolman Golden in the torso. Patrolman Golden was taken to Lackawanna Hospital where he died the following day.

The subject fled the country to his native Italy following the murder. He was recognized in Italy as a suspect in a murder that occurred 13 years prior. He then fled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where hew as arrested in November 1905. The Lackawanna County commissioners denied the money needed to extradite him from Argentina and the man was eventually released from custody. He was never extradited or tried for Patrolman Golden's murder.

Patrolman Golden had served with the Dunmore Borough Police Department for only four months. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 14, 1900
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never tried

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Though your killer was never brought to justice here, on this 120th anniversary rest assured he faced a higher justice at a different time in a different place. Rest in peace knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 15, 2020

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