Patrolman Francis McDermott

Patrolman Francis McDermott

Methuen Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1908

Francis McDermott

Patrolman Francis McDermott and Patrolman Charles Emerson were shot and killed while paroling the Peat Meadow in the area of Lowell and Woodland Streets at 2200 hours. Patrolman McDermott and Patrolman Emerson were assigned to the area to watch for persons who were stealing hay in the location. The suspect in their murders were never apprehended.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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These officers died from a physical assault not gunfire. The rememberance on the Methuen Police Facebook page reflects this fact. News reports from the time also mention beating as the cause of death.

Mark Tinto

August 13, 2018

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