Detective George J. Holmes

Detective George J. Holmes

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, November 6, 1963

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George J. Holmes

Detective George Holmes was shot and killed at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Summer Street while attempting to apprehend two suspects who had just robbed a jewelry store in the Roxbury section of Boston.

One suspect was apprehended minutes later. The body of the other suspect, who was identified as the shooter, was found five days later in a Somerville railroad yard. He had died of a drug overdose. Both 21 year-old suspects had recently been released from prison after serving sentences for robbery convictions.

The other suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on April 14, 1964.

Detective Holmes was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 308

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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I just wish to acknowledge today as the 52nd anniversary of our murder. God Bless you and all with whom you served and all who survived you.

You have my undying respect and gratitude for a job well done.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 6, 2015

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