Patrolman Walter Koella

Patrolman Walter Koella

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Saturday, March 16, 1935

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Walter Koella

Patrolman Koella succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost two weeks earlier during a running shootout with a suspect. The suspect was arrested, sentenced to death, and hanged on April 7, 1936. The suspect's hanging was the last legal hanging in Connecticut before the state switched to electrocution.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 5, 1935
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1936

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We will never forget your sacrifice brother.

Sgt. Michael Hicks
Coventry, CT PD

March 16, 2018

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