Patrolman Thomas Jefferson Gargan

Patrolman Thomas Jefferson Gargan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 17, 1947

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Thomas Jefferson Gargan

Patrolman Gargan was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress call.

Patrolman Gargan and his partner were on patrol in a radio car when they received a call that there was a burglary in progress in an apartment at 132 Bank Street, Manhattan. The patrolmen responded and found that the door to the apartment was open. When Patrolman Gargan entered the apartment, he was shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect was armed with a flare gun that had been modified to fire one 12-gauge shotgun shell.

Patrolman Gargan's partner shot and wounded the suspect. He was then arrested and charged with murder. The suspect was executed on January 6, 1949, after being convicted of murder.

Patrolman Gargan was a highly decorated officer who had received the Combat Medal two years prior after being involved in a shootout in Greenwich Village. He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions in this incident.

Patrolman Gargan was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He was assigned to the 6th precinct. He was survived by his wife and four sons.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 16613
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Flare gun
  • Offender Executed in 1949


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Patrolman Gargan,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

August 17, 2022

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