Patrolman James Lonchiadis

Patrolman James Lonchiadis

Shrewsbury Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, March 5, 1975

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James Lonchiadis

Patrolman James Lonchiadis was shot and killed when he interrupted an auto theft in progress at the Worcester City Motel on Route 9.

The 16-year-old suspect was able to disarm Patrolman Lonchiadis at gunpoint and forced him into the trunk of his patrol car. The teen then fatally shot him in the chest as Patrolman Lonchiadis told him he had a wife and two kids while pleading for his life.

The subject was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 2008, but re-incarcerated in 2010 after being arrested for a parole violation. He was denied parole in January 2012. On February 4th, 2021, he was medically paroled. The parole board said he was suffering from throat cancer and COVID-19, and was not likely to live much longer. He died in a prison hospital in May 2021.

Patrolman Lonchiadis had served with the Shrewsbury Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son, who became a member of the Shrewsbury Police Department in 1995. His son, Lieutenant Lonchiadis, was serving his 26th year with the Shrewsbury Police Department when his father's killer was paroled.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 43

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 2021

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle

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Patrolman Lonchiadis, today is the 46th anniversary of that tragic day and I pray you continue to Rest in Peace. I also pray your murderer has not seen freedom again, and never will. I do not know the fate of that individual but I hope it's not good. He is about my age and looking back on my life since 1975, and all I've experienced, I'm glad that he missed all that considering he denied you and your family so much and also in that he proved himself by throwing away a chance he was given in 2010.

I hope and pray your son has had a successful career and I salute him and his homage to you in walking in your footsteps.

God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 5, 2021

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