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Patrolman Frederick Smith | New York Police Department, New York New York Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Frederick Smith

New York Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 1897

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1900

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Patrolman Frederick Smith was shot and killed in the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Redeemer, Third Street between Avenues A and B, by a burglar who was burglarizing the poor box.

He and another officer were on patrol when two priests came out of the church and notified them that someone had broken in. As the officers searched the inside of the church, Patrolman Smith was shot by the man who was stealing from the poor-box.

The suspect was apprehended by several citizens as he climbed out a window of the church. The suspect was almost lynched by a mob of angry citizens before additional officers arrived. He was convicted of the murders and executed on May 21, 1900.

Patrolman Smith had served for over 15 years and was assigned to the 14th Precinct, the present day 9th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Smith and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Rpbyn Wilkes
October 21, 2015

 

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