Patrolman John Friel

Patrolman John Friel

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, September 24, 1918

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John Friel

Patrolman Friel was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of a prowler. The officers spotted the man in the dead-end of West Broadway. As they approached the suspect the man opened fire and Patrolman Friel was struck twice. He succumbed to his wounds early the next day. The suspect escaped the scene and was never apprehended.
Patrolman Friel had been with the agency for 23 years and was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 23, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Today we commemorate the life and sacrifice of Patrolman John Friel, on the 100th anniversary of his untimely death. May his family remember him always as a man who stood in the gap between good and evil.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

September 24, 2018

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