Officer Thomas Finnelly

Officer Thomas Finnelly

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, November 27, 1911

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Thomas Finnelly

Officers Thomas Finnelly and Charles Castor were shot and killed when they attempted to arrest a man who was wanted for murder in Veley, Greece.

The officers were informed by an informant that the suspect would be arriving in San Francisco on that day at the Ferry Building. When the officers attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect shot them both. The suspect also shot and wounded the informant, who pointed him out to the police. The suspect was captured at the scene, tried, and hanged on March 14, 1913. A relative of the suspect killed the informant and was later arrested.

Officer Finnelly was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 26, 1911
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Officer Finnelly,
You served with my great grandfather and were with him that day of 26 November when you both made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you so much for your service to San Francisco. You will never be forgotten!!! Rest in peace, Sir!

Michelle Castor

March 11, 2021

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