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Police Officer James N. Whittington | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

James N. Whittington

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, October 30, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # 8002

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer James Whittington was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest an armed suspect while off-duty.

Officer Whittington was off duty and getting a hair cut inside a barber shop when he was informed that there was a man with a gun outside having an argument with a woman. Officer Whittington exited the barber shop and attempted to apprehend the subject. When the man fled, Officer Whittington chased him in his car and caught up with him in front of a New York City Housing Development on Dumont Avenue in Brooklyn.

When Officer Whittington attempted to take the man into custody, there was a struggle during which the man was able to gain control of Officer Whittington's weapon. The subject fired five shots, fatally wounding Officer Whittington, then fled across the street. He was later apprehended.

Officer Whittington was survived by his wife and two children. He was assigned to the Brooklyn North Field Internal Affairs Unit.

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