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Detective Sergeant James Maher | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

James Maher

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, July 27, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed Suicide

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Detective James Maher was shot and killed after responding to the San Rimo Hotel to investigate a murder.

Detective Maher went to the hotel at the corner of Park Avenue West and Seventy-Fifth Street, Manhattan, to investigate a murder. After arriving at the hotel, Detective Maher found that the hotel watchman had shot and killed another employee after an argument. Detective Maher went to the room of the hotel owner to call a description of the suspect into police headquarters. As he and the manager exited the room, the suspect, who was hiding in a closet in the room, jumped out and shot Detective Maher, killing him. It is thought that the suspect shot Detective Maher thinking he was the hotel owner.

The suspect fled through the hotel, but was cornered by a United States Army Lieutenant who was staying at the hotel. With nowhere to run, the suspect shot and killed himself.

Detective Mahr had served with the New York City Police Department for ten years and was survived by his wife.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 20, 2013

 

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