Patrolman Thomas L. Fitzgibbon

Patrolman Thomas L. Fitzgibbon

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1918

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Thomas L. Fitzgibbon

Patrolman Fitzgibbon was shot and killed while investigating a burglary. A 19-year-old ex-convict was arrested, convicted of his murder, and sentenced to life. He was paroled in 1930. During his 12 years in prison he escaped three times. In 1933 he was returned to prison for 20 years following his conviction for several payroll hold-ups in Louisville. In December of 1933 he escaped from prison a fourth time. Two months later he and another escapee were captured near Lexington. He received an additional 18 years for robbing a store and robbing and kidnapping a taxi driver before his capture.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1930

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Patrolman Fitzgibbon,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. I think it was a travesty of justice that the POS who murdered you only served ten years.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2018

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