Patrolman John R. Flynn

Patrolman John R. Flynn

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 1934

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John R. Flynn

Patrolman John Flynn succumbed to gunshot wounds received ten years earlier when he and his Captain were ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall at 2200 hours. Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Albert Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and was able to return to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department.

Patrolman Flynn had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his mother, two sisters, two brothers, and stepbrother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 71

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 28, 1924
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

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