Detective Patrick Gaffney

Detective Patrick Gaffney

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, December 25, 1918

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Patrick Gaffney

Detective Patrick Gaffney was shot and killed in the area of Elm Street and Coit Road after responding to a report of two men trying to steal a car.

As Detective Gaffney and his partner arrived the suspects immediately opened fire. During the ensuing foot pursuit and shootout Detective Gaffney was struck in the lung, causing a fatal injury.

The suspect who shot Detective Gaffney was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison on December 12, 1920. He died in prison on July 27, 1937.

Detective Gaffney had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 19, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Det. Gaffney,
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 East Cleveland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 25, 2018

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