Sergeant Thomas P. McAvoy

Sergeant Thomas P. McAvoy

Albany Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 28, 1964

Thomas P. McAvoy

Sergeant Thomas McAvoy was shot and killed after responding to a push in robbery.

When Sergeant McAvoy arrived a citizen informed him that a man was inside the house with a shotgun and there was a woman and children being held hostage. Sergeant McAvoy left his revolver holstered and entered the house with only a flashlight in hand so not to endanger the children. When Sergeant McAvoy entered the house the suspect grabbed him sat him in a kitchen chair in front of the kids, and shot him in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then kicked Sgt. McAvoy, stole the officer's badge, identification and revolver, shot the officer again in the chest, then picked up both spent shotgun shells.

A back-up officer arrived and the kids motioned with their heads for the back-up officer not to enter the house. As the back-up summoned assistance from the police radio in his unit, the suspect escaped through the rear yards to his car parked at State Street and North Pine Street. The massive ensuing manhunt failed to capture the suspect.

The suspect’s car struck a truck in Chicago in February of 1964 and was brought to the hospital and was subsequently arrested by the FBI for the murder of Sergeant McAvoy. A search of the suspect’s car revealed sergeant McAvoy's revolver beneath the driver's seat. The suspect later died in prison.

Sergeant McAvoy had served with the Albany Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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I was a 12 yr old when this occurred. I remember how shocked we all were. I have never forgotten this tragic event. Today, I looked it up and will say a word.
Even in our sleep
Pain that can not forget
Falls drop by drop, upon the heart
And in our own dispair, against our will
Comes wisdom to us,
By the awful grace of GOD

Aeschylus. May he rest in pease. Art

Art Archambeault

April 20, 2018

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