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Arrests made in Florida, Oklahoma in case of murdered St. Paul firefighter

Thomas Harrigan was shot in his home on Sept. 2.

Police made two arrests out-of-state on Friday in connection to the killing of a St. Paul firefighter. 

Thomas Harrigan, 36, was found the night of Sept. 2 suffering from a gunshot wound in his home on the 1700 block of Ivy Ave. on St. Paul's East Side. Harrigan died that night at Regions Hospital, prompting police to make an appeal to the public to help to find out what led up to the shooting. 

St. Paul Police announced Monday that two arrests in connection to the death investigation were made Friday, Sept. 13, with a 36-year-old man arrested in Pompano Beach, Florida, and a 39-year-old man taken into custody in Spencer, Oklahoma. 

Bring Me The News does not typically name suspects until formal charges are filed. 

Harrigan was an active firefighter in the City of St. Paul, with St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 calling Harrigan's death a "shock" and a "tragedy." 

"St. Paul firefighter Thomas Harrigan was a firefighter/paramedic, a veteran, a Union brother, and a good friend to many," the Local 21 statement added. 

Harrigan's obituary reads

"How could this be? Our youngest son, Thomas Harrigan, 36, was shot dead in his own living room by a person who had no right to be there. Tom did much good in his short time here. He saved lives as a paramedic with the St. Paul Fire Department. On medical calls, he treated people with compassion, according to the praise of the St. Paul Fire Chief, and also worked hard on fire calls. In one instance, he saved a woman from death by performing an emergency tracheotomy."

The obituary notes that he won numerous medals for his military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, with all of the awards coming at a "cost" as Harrigan had a "high level veteran's disability rating" and "an affliction of Post Traumatic Stress that plagued him to the end." 

St. Paul Fire Department honored Harrigan with a series of photos in a Facebook post, saying "Tom is remembered as a kind, compassionate, and hardworking individual who lived to help others." 

No further information about the case has been released by St. Paul Police Department. 

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