Night Watchman Thomas Cummins

Night Watchman Thomas Cummins

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 1855

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Thomas Cummins

Night Watchman Cummins was shot and killed when he responded to a family quarrel. While he and another watchman were at the scene a drunk family member attacked them. While struggling with the man a large group of other intoxicated men also attached them. Night Watchman Cummins and the other watchman both suffered head wounds were seriously cut.

Both officers were able to get away and go back to the police station. After filing their report Night Watchman Cummins went to a local church, where he served as sexton, to start the fires for Sunday morning. When parishioners arrived in the morning they found his body inside.

A man and a woman were charged with Watchman Cummins' murder. On April 23, 1856, both were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced two two years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

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Night Watchman Cummins, it has been 168 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 law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 24, 2023

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