Lieutenant William S. Gordon

Lieutenant William S. Gordon

Norwich Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, July 7, 1881

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William S. Gordon

Lieutenant William Gordon succumbed to injuries received on April 26th, 1881, in a violent struggle with a prisoner attempting to escape from a jail cell at police headquarters in the city hall building.

During the long struggle, Lieutenant Gordon was struck several times with a cuspidor. The inmate escaped but was arrested four months later and convicted of Lieutenant Gordon's murder.

Lieutenant Gordon had served with the Norwich Police Department for 15 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 26, 1881
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Apprehended and convicted

escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Lieutenant Gordon, it has been 142 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 7, 2023

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