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.

Several suspects were arrested later in the day.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace, Night Watchman Cummins. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

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