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Police Officer Harold L. Woods | Yonkers Police Department, New York Yonkers Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Harold L. Woods

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, September 22, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 105

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/18/1974

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Harold Woods was shot and killed after walking in on a robbery in progress at a local store. When Officer Woods identified himself as a Police Officer he was shot. Officer Woods was in very critical condition and was placed on a respirator at the hospital. Despite the doctors’ best effort to save Officer Woods, he died from his wounds four days later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life December 16, 1975. He died in prison March 20, 1988.

Officer Woods had been with the agency for 10 years and had also served with the New York City Police Department for one year. Officer Woods was survived by his wife and three sons.

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I worked at Yonkers General ER back then I knew Harold. Many times when my Mom and I walked to the hospital in snow storms he would give us a ride to work. We were stunned and heartbroken that day in the ER when we heard the news. What really stood out was the look on the faces of his Police brothers coming to ER that day. God Bless all the Police and Firefighters who protect us daily.

Barbara Wright Gardella
Yonkers General Hospital ER
March 5, 2015


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