Sergeant Thomas J. Fitzgibbons

Sergeant Thomas J. Fitzgibbons

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, April 10, 1918

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Thomas J. Fitzgibbons

Sergeant Thomas Fitzgibbons succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect at his home in the 900 block of South Fourth Street.

Due to a rash of robberies, Sergeant Fitzgibbons and his partner were working a off duty plainclothes detail. They were investigating an armed robbery of a man by two suspects from the previous day when one of the suspects got scared and ran away. The victim after notifying police spotted both suspects near the area of the robbery and notified police again. Followed by police, one of the suspects was able to escape on foot as police tried to arrest them both. The second suspect was later identified through the first suspect and Sergeant Fitzgibbons and his partner went to the suspects house to arrest him. After waiting outside the house for nearly two hours Sergeant Fitzgibbons was shot in the stomach, as he and his partner attempted to arrest the suspect. During an exchange of gunfire between both officer the suspect was able to flee on foot. The suspect was arrested the next morning at the home of his grandfather in Garfield Hill.

The 19-year-old ex-convict was arrested, convicted of the murder, of Sergeant Fitzgibbons 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.

Sergeant Fitzgibbons served with the Louisville Police Department for 22 years.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 9, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1930

investigation, off duty, plainclothes

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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.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2018

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