Substitute Patrolman Edward Gallagher

Substitute Patrolman Edward Gallagher

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 25, 1876

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Edward Gallagher

Substitute Patrolman Edward Gallagher was shot and killed while investigating sounds of gunfire outside of his boarding house while off duty.

A drunk man had fired two shots at a group of strangers standing in front of the home at the corner of Longworth Street and Central Avenue. Hearing the shots, Patrolman Gallagher retrieved his revolver and went outside.

As he began to confront the subject the man shot him twice. Despite being wounded, he was able to return fire and wounded the suspect. The man was subdued by a citizen. He was sentenced to only seven years in jail and pardoned after serving only two years. He died while serving a sentence for burglary in Rhode Island in 1887.

Patrolman Gallagher was survived by his brother, who served as a detective with the Louisville Police Department.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Pardoned in 1878

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Substitute Patrolman Edward Gallagher of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 25, 2022

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