Policeman Thomas Dowling

Policeman Thomas Dowling

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 26, 1912

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Thomas Dowling

Policeman Thomas Dowling was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a juvenile in a pawnshop on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Vine Street. The suspect fled the scene after the shooting but was eventually arrested after a short chase involving an officer and several citizens.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years. On August 20th, 1912, he escaped from Eastern Penitentiary. Five weeks later during a sensational gun battle with police in Wilmington, Delaware, he shot and killed himself.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge 703

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Officer Dowling, I recently learned of your death from a friend and relative of yours (Teresa Z) We also received a donation in your name from Teresa and her family. We will be honoring you and other officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in our yearly bicycle ride to Wash D.C. in May 2018.
Rest in Peace Brother

Sergeant Rick Gunning #3118
Moorestown Police NJ

December 15, 2017

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