Corporal Richard Fitzgerald

Corporal Richard Fitzgerald

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, June 10, 1898

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Richard Fitzgerald

Corporal Richard Fitzgerald was beaten, shot and killed at the corner of Alix and Bouny Streets by three men he attempted to arrest for disturbing the peace. Patrolman Michael Hanley who came to his aid was beaten so badly by the three that he never recovered from his injuries and died as a result on May 10, 1900.

All three were arrested. One was acquitted and the other two were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. One was pardoned in 1908.

Corporal Fitzgerald was survived by his expectant wife and two sons. His wife died four weeks later as the result of a miscarriage.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Cpl. Fitzgerald,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Orleans. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 10, 2018

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