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Police Officer Thomas V. Pegues | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Thomas V. Pegues

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, August 19, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 18106

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Thomas Pegues was shot and killed after he and his partner had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.

He and his partner were on patrol when they stopped a vehicle at the corner of South Road and New York Boulevard. After obtaining a license from the driver, Patrolman Pegues checked the status of the license. He found that the driver had a suspended license. Patrolman Pegues and his partner removed the driver from the vehicle and were in the process of placing him under arrest when the passenger exited the vehicle and opened fire. The suspect fired four shots, one of which struck Patrolman Pegues in the back, killing him.

Patrolman Pegues' partner returned fire, but both suspects escaped. Both were later apprehended and the gunman was charged with murder. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 year to life in prison. He is eligible for parole in June 2005.

Patrolman Pegues was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the New York City Police Department for one year and was assigned to the Tactical Patrol Unit. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I miss Uncle Thomas as much today as when my family got the message back in 1974. But I thank God for the short time I had with him and the hopeful future.

Shawn Pegues
Oldest niece
August 19, 2016


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