Police Officer John W. Flynn

Police Officer John W. Flynn

Helena Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Wednesday, April 11, 1894

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John W. Flynn

Police Officer John Flynn was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot in Helena.

He was making his usual rounds when he encountered several burglars in the ticket office breaking into a safe. As he entered the office he was struck with an object and then shot three times as he yelled for help. The suspects fled the scene with $140.

Officer Flynn had served with the Helena Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Officer Flynn, you were murdered 122 years ago today. You were not only working to protect your city, but one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads. Back in 1894, no doubt your wife and children could have made $140 go a long way. But she didn't get that money, vile scum did. We can only hope that your murderers faced true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

God Bless you and may you eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 11, 2016

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