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, on this 74th anniversary of your heroic and untimely death, it’s important to say that no passage of time can ever erase your service and heroic sacrifice. Rest In Peace always knowing that your law enforcement brethren, especially your fellow law enforcement from Delaware, will never forget. God Speed and Merry Christmas to you, your family and loved ones.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 26, 2020

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