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

Detective Sergeant Downs was survived by his wife.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

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

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