Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Inspector Thomas J. Norton Age: 49 years old Tour: 17 years Boston Police End of Watch: Friday, June 19, 1914
Inspector Thomas Norton was shot and killed when he and four other officers attempted to arrest a triple murder suspect wanted in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The incident occurred in a crowded restaurant located at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street. The other officers returned fire, striking the suspect three times. The man continued to flee but was arrested outside of the restaurant by a mounted patrolman.

A month later the suspect killed himself inside his jail cell by cutting his throat with a steel shoe shank.

Inspector Norton had served with the Boston Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

Remembering …

mlemf-logoOver 340 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. This encompasses state and local police, federal, sheriff and correction officers.

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

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