Patrolman Thomas J. McFadden

Patrolman Thomas J. McFadden

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, December 29, 1865

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Thomas J. McFadden

Patrolman Thomas McFadden was shot and killed when he and other officers were investigating the sounds of gunfire they heard along Fourth Street near the Ohio River levee.

The officers encountered two soldiers in the area carrying rifles with fixed bayonets. At least one of the soldiers opened fire on the officers when they were confronted, and Patrolman McFadden was fatally wounded.

One of the soldiers was convicted of manslaughter in military court and sentenced to serve five years in the military penitentiary in Albany, New York.

Patrolman McFadden is believed to have been buried in Dayton, Ohio. Patrolman McFadden was a Civil War Veteran, having served the Union as a Corporal in the 2nd Infantry Kentucky Regiment, Company H.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

shots fired call

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Patrolman McFadden, on today the 154th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville.


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December 29, 2019

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