Police Officer Cornelius L. Fahey

Police Officer Cornelius L. Fahey

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 8, 1875

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Cornelius L. Fahey

Police Officer Fahey was shot through the abdomen and killed by a drunk suspect on Congress Avenue between midnight and 1 a.m. The suspect fled the scene on horseback but was later apprehended several miles away.

He is the first Austin police officer known to have died in the line of duty.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 7, 1875
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

arrest attempt

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Officer Fahey,
On today, the 141st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Austin.


United States Border Patrol

March 8, 2016

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