BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John T. Lynch who was killed in the line of duty 113 years ago today. On Thursday, January 16, 1908, Officer Lynch was shot and killed as he and another officer were searching for three men who had just robbed a store at 364 Washington Street in Downtown Boston. After Officer Lynch and the other officer split up, he found one of the suspects and was shot by the suspect as he grabbed him. The other officer who heard the shot ran back to find Officer Lynch holding on to the suspect. Officer Lynch died minutes later.
The suspect was arrested and later convicted of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled 34 years later on December 24, 1942.
Officer Lynch is Buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in the area of Summer Street and Kingston Street on District A-1 (Downtown).