St. Paul firefighter killed in East Side shooting


Tom Harrigan (courtesy of St. Paul Firefighters Local 21)

St. Paul police are continuing to investigate a shooting that took place Sept. 2 that took the life of a St. Paul firefighter. 

Police said that about 8:30 p.m. that day, officers were called to the 1700 block of Ivy Avenue on a report of a shooting. They found a man, later identified as Tom Harrigan, 36, from St. Paul, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was brought to Regions Hospital where he later died from his injury. 

After Harrigan was identified as the victim of the shooting, St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 released a statement saying he had been a firefighter, paramedic, veteran, union member and “a good friend to many.”

“Firefighter Harrigan will be greatly missed by the Men and Women of Local 21 and the St. Paul Fire Department,” the statement read. 

Harrigan had served with the fire department since 2013. 

The St. Paul Police Department said its investigators are continuing to work the case and no arrests had been made as of press time, though investigators do not believe the killing was a random act. 

Anyone with information about the case should call the department’s homicide unit at 651-266-5650.

Services for Harrigan will take place with a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at O’Halloran and Murphy, 575 Snelling Ave. S. His funeral will be held on Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Snelling Chapel, 1 Tower Ave.

This was the 15th homicide of the year in St. Paul and happened in the midst of a chaotic evening during which a pedestrian was struck by a driver and shots were fired, hitting three people, near the State Fair as it closed Sept. 2.

— Marjorie Otto

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