Chief of Police John J. Finnell

Chief of Police John J. Finnell

Elmira Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 23, 1915

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.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

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

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 23, 2012

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