Detective Edward T. Cody

Detective Edward T. Cody

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, April 16, 1979

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Edward T. Cody

Detective Edward Cody was shot and killed during an armored car robbery of an armored car in Waterbury at about 4:00 am. Two armored car guards were also shot and killed.

Detective Cody was working a secondary employment assignment with the armored car company. He had just driven the vehicle into a company garage at the intersection of Store Avenue and Dunbar Street to pick up cash when he and the other guards were ambushed by multiple subjects. The subject opened fire on them with rifles, killing all three guards before they could draw their weapons. The crew stole $1.3-million dollars in cash and jewelry before fleeing.

The murders and robbery were not discovered until three hours later when another employee arrived for work.

Two men and two women were arrested and charged with murder. The two men were convicted of murder and sentenced to 75 years to life. The two women were sentenced to 12-1/2 years to life. Both women were paroled; one in 1996 and the other in 2001.

Detective Cody had served with the Hartford Police Department for almost 26 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, secondary employment

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Detective Cody, it has been 45 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 26 years of law enforcement service as well as the tradition of service you instilled in family.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 19, 2024

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