Constable Gideon Manchester

On July 16, 1852. Constable Gideon Manchester was approached by citizens regarding a suspect in several house and business break ins that had occurred in the area of Rock St & Purchase St. in recent days. Constable Manchester searched and then apprehended the male and while attempting to place the suspect into custody, the suspect pulled a concealed gun from his waistband and shot Constable Manchester. A manhunt ensued and the suspect was aprehended. He was then brought to Constable Manchester while he lay mortally wounded. Constable Manchester identified his attacker. Several days later Constable Manchester succumbed to his wounds. Constable Manchester left behind his wife, Martha, his mother Mary, and his three children Jane, Myles, and Jeremiah.

 

Badge number 52 was retired in honor of Constable Manchester.

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