Patrolman Leo J. Garrahan

Patrolman Leo J. Garrahan

Watervliet Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, August 28, 1930

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Leo J. Garrahan

Patrolman Garrahan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier while transporting a prisoner to jail in the side car of his motorcycle. The prisoner grabbed Patrolman Garrahan's service revolver from its holster and shot him several times. The suspect was arrested four days later.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 60 years to life. He was denied a new trial on December 4, 1958. He was still in prison in 1963.

Patrolman Garrahan was single and had served with the agency for 6 years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 18

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 2, 1930
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years to life


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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

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