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 Reserve veteran of WWI and served with the Jersey City Police Department for one year. He was survived by his father and brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, range

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Patrolman Cavanagh,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 23, 2024

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