Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 15 years
Badge # 23265
Cause: Heart attack
Officer Kevin Lee suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit with three suspects.
Officer Lee was part of a surveillance team that was tailing a group of men who appeared to be casing stores on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan shortly before 1800 hours.
After being told by employees at one of the stores that the men might have taken a laptop computer, Officer Lee and his team moved in on the suspects, who fled on foot.
Following a foot pursuit and struggle with the suspects, Officer Lee lost consciousness. Officers on the scene performed CPR and were able to revive Officer Lee. He was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, but died one hour later.
Two of the suspects were taken into custody at the scene and the third was arrested several days later.
Officer Lee had served as a full time officer with the New York City Police Department for 10 years and had served an additional 5 years as an auxiliary officer. He was assigned to the Manhattan North Grand Larceny Unit. He is survived by his wife and 6-year-old son, and his parents and sister.
In June 2007, Officer Lee was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.