Patrolman Thomas Joseph Cavanagh

Patrolman Thomas Joseph Cavanagh

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, June 23, 1921

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Thomas Joseph Cavanagh

Patrolman Thomas Cavanagh was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while conducting shooting practice at the Fourth Regiment Armory on Montgomery Street.

He was standing on the firing line when an officer behind him drew his revolver and it discharged. The round struck Patrolman Cavanagh in the back, causing a fatal wound.

Patrolman Cavanagh was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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