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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No passage of time will ever erase you service or the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 26, 2020

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