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Police Officer Harry R. Ryman | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Harry R. Ryman

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 14, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 24227

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with murder

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Officer Ryman was shot and killed when he attempted to stop three men from stealing his neighbors car. Officer Ryman exited his house to investigate a noise at approximately 0340 hours. He confronted three men who were attempting to steal his next door neighbor's car. Officer Ryman identified himself as a police officer and attempted to arrest the three suspects. One suspect drew a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Ryman three times in the chest. Before he fell Officer Ryman was able to return fire, striking one suspect in the head.

Officer Ryman was removed to Kings County Hospital where he died from his wounds. Two alert Police Officers who were waiting in the emergency room for word on Officer Ryman's condition spotted three men entering the hospital. One man was bleeding from the head. As the officers approached, two of the suspect fled, and after a brief foot pursuit were arrested. The third man was arrested in the emergency room. All three were charged with First-Degree Murder.

Officer Ryman had served with the New York City Police Department for 17 years and was assigned to the 60th Precinct anti-crime unit. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.

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May you continue to rest in eternal peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)
August 14, 2017


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