Chief of Police John J. Finnell

Chief of Police John J. Finnell

Elmira Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 23, 1915

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John J. Finnell

Chief John Finnell and Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell were shot and killed while attempting to question two burglary suspects in a rooming house on Baldwin Street. The two men they went to question were suspected in a string of recent burglaries. Both officers were shot in the room where the men were staying.

Both suspects fled the scene. One was apprehended a short time later but the other was never apprehended.

Chief Finnell was survived by his wife.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender One apprehended

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Chief Finell,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Detective who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Elmira.


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March 23, 2018

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