Constable John B. DeCarli

Constable John B. DeCarli

Ellington Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, September 1, 1935

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John B. DeCarli

Constable John DeCarli succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous night when he was shot by a thief at a farm along West Road.

A farmer had complained that several milk cans had been stolen from his barn over a period of several days. Constable DeCarli and the farmer staked out the barn and at approximately 10:00 pm observed a man stealing a milk can. When the two announced themselves the subject opened fire, striking Constable DeCarli in the leg and abdomen. Constable DeCarli was taken to Rockville General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

The subject fled and was arrested following a long manhunt in which he also wounded a Massachusetts State Police trooper. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison where he died of cancer in 1971.

Constable DeCarli was an Italian immigrant and also served as a captain with the Ellington Fire Department. He was survived by his wife, son, and four daughters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 31, 1935
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

burglary, stakeout

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Constable DiCarli, it has been 88 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

September 4, 2023

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