Sergeant William F. Healey

Sergeant William F. Healey

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, October 2, 1946

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William F. Healey

Sergeant William Healey was shot and killed when he confronted two men who were burglarizing an apartment. Two men came home and surprised two burglars inside. While one wrestled with the burglars the other man ran into the street shouting for police. Sergeant Healey responded and as he entered the front door one of the suspects shot him twice.

One of the suspects accidentally shot himself in the foot as they made their escape. With information provided by two taxi drivers, the suspects were taken into custody at their homes. Both men were convicted of Sergeant Healey's murder and sentenced to 25 years.

Sergeant Healey had served with the Boston Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Sargeant Healey,
I went to your gravesite this Memorial Day.
My grandfather had a big hand in your death, in fact, if what I read in a book written on this murder, My grandfather handed the gun to the man who gunned you down minutes before...
I only found out recently through the internet , not knowing my father or his family , I heard about a robbery were an officer was killed, but didn't know the particulars or even Your Name!! As I said on Memorial Day at your grave, I'm very very sorry...

William MacEachern
Grandson of man involved

May 31, 2019

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