Patrolman John T. Lynch

Patrolman John T. Lynch

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, January 16, 1908

John T. Lynch

Patrolman Lynch was shot and killed as he and another officer were looking for three men who had just robbed a store at 364 Washington Street, running off with several sweaters. After Patrolman Lynch and the other officer split up he found one of the suspects and was shot by him as he grabbed him. The other officer who heard the shot ran back to find Patrolman Lynch holding on to the suspect. Patrolman Lynch died minutes later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life June 9, 1908. He was paroled December 24, 1942.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1942

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I am a Boston resident and many times I have passed by his memorial marker here in the city. Today being the anniversary of this hero's death I made sure to compose a reflection to honor this American hero. In 2016 we need to stand by our law enforcement officers and back them up and support law enforcement. When I go to my regular 10:30AM Sunday Mass at St. Brigid of Kildare I will praying for this hero and remembering his life. God Bless our Police Officers and stay safe out there to all LEOs.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

January 17, 2016

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