Patrolman Michael J. Mulvihill

Patrolman Michael J. Mulvihill

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, May 9, 1931

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Michael J. Mulvihill

Patrolman Mulvihill was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a call of a robbery in progress. As Patrolman Mulvihill approached the door, the suspects emerged. One of the suspects was armed with a sawed-off shotgun. He shot Patrolman Mulvihill from point-blank range. Patrolman Mulvihill's partner was shot in the head but survived. He managed to wound one of the suspects, who escaped in a stolen car.

All four suspects were later apprehended. One died in the hospital of the wound, the other three, 22, 23, and 26, were sentenced to death. On October 18, 1932, Governor Henry H. Horton commuted their sentences, to 99 years for the oldest one who admitted to firing the fatal shot, and 49 years for the other two. Patrolman Mulvihill's killer was paroled on December 27, 1962. Another was pardoned by Governor Gordon Browning on January 17, 1953. In 1951 he stopped an inmate who was about to stab a guard. The third inmate was paroled in May of 1953.

Patrolman Mulvihill had been with the agency for 2 months and was survived by his six brothers and two sisters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Patrolman Mulvihill, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 27, 2019

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