Sergeant Linus A. Shaw

Sergeant Linus A. Shaw

Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, February 7, 1910

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Linus A. Shaw

Sergeant Linus Shaw succumbed to stab wounds sustained on October 4th, 1892, while attempting to arrest a man in the Bemis area of Watertown.

The man he arrested pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed him several times in the leg, groin, and chest. Despite his wounds, he was able to complete the arrest and walk the subject to the police station.

One of the stab wounds injured a rib. He developed complications from the injury to the rib and died as a result on February 7th, 1910.

Sergeant Shaw was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Watertown Police Department for 32 years. He was a widower who was survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 78
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 4, 1892
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Arrested


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Sgt. Shaw, it's been 112 years since your passing and 130 since the incident that brought about your death. I will never get over how tough you must have been to have been stabbed yet completed the arrest; then to live an additional 18 years. I hold you in high regard and I thank you for your service to the citizens of Watertown and the Union.

God Bless you, Brother and may your continued rest remain ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 7, 2022

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