Police Officer John F. Daley

Police Officer John F. Daley

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, July 29, 1977

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John F. Daley

Police Officer John Daley was accidentally shot and killed when his service weapon discharged accidentally at about 4:00 pm.

The incident occurred as Officer Daley was taking cover at the scene of a call involving a man with a shotgun at 274 Lyme Street. His revolver discharged as he tripped on a curb. The round struck him in the torso, causing extensive internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

Officer Daley had served with the Hartford Police Department for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 203

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, weapons violation

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Officer Daley, it has been 46 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 service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 29, 2023

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