Officer Francis Doyle was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to force entry into a home on Maryland Avenue while conducting an investigation. Officers had gone to the home earlier in an attempt to recover a stolen watch and were held off by the suspect's wife. When the officers returned the forced the door open but were immediately fired at by the woman. Officer Doyle was struck in the chest and killed instantly.
The woman was charged with murdering Officer Doyle but acquitted of the charge at trial.
Officer Doyle was a US Navy Veteran of the Civil War. He had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for five years and was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC