Patrolman William Gudehus

Patrolman William Gudehus

Hoboken Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, October 10, 1918

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William Gudehus

Patrolman Gudehus was shot and killed when he attempted to stop two brothers from beating and robbing an old man. The two suspects overpowered Patrolman Gudehus, beat him with his own baton, and then shot him with own service weapon. The suspects were both arrested and charged with Patrolman Gudehus' murder.

The suspects were part of a large gang of criminals who operated in the northeast part of the country. On January 30, 1919, other members of the gang shot and killed Constable William Madden, of the Manchester, Connecticut, Police Department, as they attempted to commit an armed robbery. The suspects were committing the robbery in an attempt to get enough money to bail out the two brothers who had murdered Patrolman Gudehus. The gang was also suspected of being involved with the murders of an unidentified railroad detective and an unidentified night watchman in New Jersey.

Their trail ended when the jury failed to come to an agreement. A mistrial was declared.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Arrested

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

October 10, 2020

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