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 which 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 served 16 years in law enforcement and 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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Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 3, 2020

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