Patrolman John A. Stenzel

Patrolman John A. Stenzel

Niagara Falls Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 6, 1941

John A. Stenzel

Patrolman Stenzel was accidentally shot and killed by a civilian who mistook the officer for a burglar. Patrolman Stenzel had been checking doors in an alley behind a row of businesses just after 0100 hours when he shook the door handle at the rear of Freddies Donut Shop. The manager and an employee of the business awakened. They mistook Patrolman Stenzel for a burglar and both opened fire, killing him.

Patrolman Stenzel was survived by his wife and son, who also served as a Patrolman for the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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