Frank Russell Shea
Erie Railroad Police Department
Friday, October 10, 1924

Age: 35
Badge #:
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, October 10, 1924
12:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
601 Massachusetts Street, Gary
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
East Ridgelawn Cemetery,
Clifton, New Jersey

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   Captain Frank Shea was shot and killed during an undercover operation with the Gary Police Department.

   After a recent theft of $50,000 of freight from rail cars in Chicago, he was assigned to this area from his home in Passaic, New Jersey. During his investigation, he was able to lure two members of the suspected gang to accompany him to the U.S. Post Office in Gary under the guise of receiving a letter about an illegal liquor shipment.

   Gary police officers were to make the apprehension upon the arrival of Captain Shea and the suspects. When the three men exited the vehicle in front of the post office and officers approached, Captain Shea drew his weapon to assist with the arrest. A Gary detective did not recognize him and opened fire, mistakenly wounding him.

   Captain Shea made a statement exonerating the officer for shooting him before he died at Mercy Hospital. The coroner later ruled the action justifiable homicide after an inquest was held.

   Both suspects were arrested. A 25-year-old man was later convicted on a federal charge and sentenced to seven years in prison.

   Captain Shea, from Passaic, New Jersey, was survived by his wife, mother, sister and two brothers.

The responsibilities of the Erie Railroad Police Department (1832–1960) are now under the jurisdiction of the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.

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This officer, discovered in 2020, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.

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