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Patrolman Francis J. Gilleland | Medford Police Department, Massachusetts
Medford Police Department, Massachusetts


Francis J. Gilleland

Medford Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, July 2, 1928

Biographical Info

Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 2, 1928
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Patrolman Francis Gilleland was shot and killed at the corner of Boston Avenue and North street while attempting to stop a drug store break-in.

Patrolman Gilleland was found shot to death at the entrance to an alleyway in the rear of a small drug store in the Medford Hillside district. There were bullet wounds in his head and chest. His revolver was clutched in his hand. Neighbors told police they had seen four youths in a large touring car with red wheels and black body fleeing from the vicinity.

An investigation found an attempt had been made to force open a rear door of the drug store, but that entrance had not been made.

Two of the suspects were picked up later the same day in Nashua and the woods near North Chelmsford but were released. The murder remains a mystery.

Patrolman Gllleland was a World War I veteran and served with the Medford Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and two children.