Detective Thomas P. Conaty, Jr.

Detective Thomas P. Conaty, Jr.

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Thursday, December 26, 1946

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Thomas P. Conaty, Jr.

Detective Conaty was shot and killed while questioning two youths, ages 15 and 17, about the burglary of several revolvers from a store. One of the suspects was apprehended at the scene and the other was apprehended the next day.

The 17-year-old shooter was out on a Christmas pass from a home for delinquent boys. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 1985.

Detective Conaty had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and 3 children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 76

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Detective Conaty,
I know your son. He was my dentist from when I was a small child in the the 1980s. When I was a child, I suffered damage to my teeth. Dr. Conaty was there with me all the way, and eventually made me the most beautiful teeth as an adult. I remember when I could smile again with confidence, and that was the best gift I have ever been given. Thank you for your service, and thank you for what you passed on.

Dr. Kendra Patterson

January 23, 2020

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