Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # 16022
Incident Date: 8/20/1971
Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber
Offender: One killed; Two sentenced to life
Patrolman Kenneth Nugent was shot and killed when he interrupted an armed robbery in a luncheonette, at 207-22 Hollis Avenue in Queens, while on his way to work. Patrolman Nugent walked into the business at 11:30 pm and interrupted three men robbing the manager.
Patrolman Nugent drew his weapon and ordered the men to drop their weapons. The subjects suddenly turned and opened fire. Patrolman Nugent was able to shoot and kill one suspect before being shot in the head. Two other suspects escaped, but were later arrested and charged with murder.
Patrolman Nugent was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he died in surgery at 2:20 am.
The suspects were sentenced to death but had the sentenced reduced to 25 years to life when the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional. Both were paroled; one on August 7th, 1995, and the other on June 7th, 2005.
Patrolman Nugent had served with the NYPD for 13 years and was assigned to the 103rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and eight children.