Detective Sergeant John J. Quinn

Detective Sergeant John J. Quinn

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1918

John J. Quinn

Detective Sergeant John J. Quinn was killed when he was assaulted by a suspect he had arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

Detective Sergeant Quinn was walking along 4th Avenue in Brooklyn when he heard yelling and people in the streets. Detective Sergeant Quinn approached the suspect and asked him to stop. When the suspect became abusive, Detective Sergeant Quinn started taking the suspect to the Forth Avenue Police Station on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. As they were walking, the suspect turned and punched Detective Sergeant Quinn in the chest, causing him to fall backward and strike his head on the ground. Detective Sergeant Quinn died a short time later from a fractured skull.

Detective Sergeant Quinn served with the New York City Police Department for 11 years and was survived by his wife and five children. He was assigned to the Detective Division.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 45

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charged with murder


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Det. Sgt. Quinn,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 16, 2018

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