Detective Sergeant John Downs

Detective Sergeant John Downs

Niagara Falls Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 3, 1923

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John Downs

Detective Sergeant Downs was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a confidence man at Quay Street and Jefferson Avenue (now John B. Daly Blvd and Rainbow Blvd.)

The shooting occurred after a lengthy foot chase that began on the State Reservation. The suspect shot Detective Sergeant Downs with his own weapon after a struggle.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted.

Detective Sergeant Downs had served with the Niagara Falls Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted

arrest attempt, foot pursuit

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Det. Sgt. Downs,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Niagara Falls.


United States Border Patrol

August 3, 2023

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