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Lieutenant Harry E. Parker

Lieutenant Harry E Parker
End of Watch : December 24, 1930

Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis PD
Died December 24, 1930

On Tuesday, December 9th, at 6:30 p.m., Detectives Dan Noonan and Harry E. Parker were set up in an apartment at 825 Eighth Street South to catch some bank robbers. The day before, police had raided the apartment and found sub-machine guns, tear gas, sawed-off shotguns and other weapons. A male and female, Frank Kroy and Mrs. Laura O’Leary were arrested at that time.

Noonan and Parker were supposed to arrest anyone who entered the apartment. When someone knocked on the door, the officers both drew their guns and Parker opened the door. The man, George Mulcahey, 30, and Parker fired at each other at the same time. Parker was struck by the shot. As the suspect tried to get to a window, Noonan shot him in the head, killing him. The man with Mulcahey, Mike O’Brien, AKA: O’Leary, 29, surrendered without incident. Parker was transported to General Hospital where he was listed in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He died 15 days later.

Detective Parker was 38 years old and had been with the department for 10 years, since December 28th, 1920. He was promoted to detective on January 1st, 1929. His wife and two children, Gladys, 10, and Gordon (Buddy), 6, survived him. His funeral was held at Welander-Quist Mortuary on Fremont Avenue North and West Broadway. He was buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery.