Patrolman William J. Finnigan

Patrolman William J. Finnigan

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, February 4, 1922

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William J. Finnigan

Patrolman William Finnigan was shot and killed as he and his partner transported a prisoner to police headquarters.

The officers spotted the known car thief at near his home on Grove Street and arrested him. As they transported him police headquarters a concealed handgun fell from the man's clothing onto the floorboard of the vehicle near the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Bruen Avenue. A struggle ensued in which Patrolman Finnigan was shot.

Despite being mortally wounded Patrolman Finnigan was able to subdue the subject. He was transported to a local hospital where he died in surgery several hours later.

A month later the 20-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Finnigan had served with the Irvington Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 29

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Finnigan is my great grandfather. Thank you for honoring him on this site and telling his heroic story for all of us who never got to meet him. He must have been a great man evidenced by my wonderful grandfather and dad.

Deb Garwood
great granddaughter

July 31, 2014

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