Detective William Hulligan

Detective William Hulligan

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, February 8, 1887

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William Hulligan

Detective William Hulligan was killed after being struck on the head with a coupling pin by three suspects attempting to free their gang-member.

He and another officer were extraditing the prisoner from Pittsburgh and were aboard a train when the incident took place. One of the suspects was arrested and hanged for the murder.

On June 27th, 1887, one of the gang members who murdered Detective Hulligan shot and killed Sheriff Charles Lynch, of the Alpena County, Michigan, Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Lynch was shot while attempting to arrest the suspect for Detective Hulligan's murder. The sheriff died from his wounds on August 17th, 1887. The suspect was also fatally wounded in the shootout.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 3, 1887
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Executed

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Ironically the prisoner who had been handcuffed to the fallen officer was killed by a law officer while attempting a bulgary September 28, 1905
Los Angeles Herald, Volume 33, Number 7, 8 October 1905
San Francisco Call, Volume 98, Number 167, 14 November 1905


March 17, 2019

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