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New Hero Search William F. Madden - Jan. 30, 1919 (10360)

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Manchester Police Dept. patch
Resided: CT, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 30, 1919
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 39 yrs. of age
Dept: Manchester Police Dept.
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Constable
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 11 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CT   USA   Thu. Jan. 30, 1919
Summary: Constable Madden was shot and killed while he and another officer were transported five suspects to a nearby fire station. The officers had caught the five men burglarizing a textile factory and arrested them. Because they were both foot patrol officers they had the men drive themselves to a nearby fire station as the two officer rode on the running boards. During the drive one of the men in the back seat produced a revolver and shot Constable Madden twice, knocking him from the car. The other jumped off of the running board at the same time. Although wounded, Constable Madden fired five shots at the vehicle, striking it four times, but did not wound any of the suspects.

One of the suspects was arrested that night after a police chase in Hartford, Connecticut. Two others were arrested several days later in New Jersey and the other two, including the suspect who shot Constable Madden, fled the country.

The suspects were committing the robbery in order to obtain money to bail out two brothers who were in jail in New Jersey for the murder of Patrolman William Gudehus, of the Hoboken Police Department, on October 10, 1918. The gang was also suspected of being involved with the murders of an unidentified railroad detective and an unidentified night watchman in New Jersey.

Constable Madden had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his expectant wife and daughter. His second daughter was born two days after his funeral.

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