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Detective Morris Borkin | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

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Morris Borkin

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 17, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 518

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1928

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Detective Morris Borkin and Sergeant Benjamin Cantor were shot while attempting to make an arrest following a robbery at a restaurant on Forsyth Street.

As Detective Borkin and Sergeant Cantor were attempting to apprehended the suspects, they were fired upon. Detective Borkin was killed, and Sergeant Cantor was seriously wounded. One suspect was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire. Two others were later arrested and sentenced to death. One of the suspects was found mentally unfit while awaiting execution and the second was executed in March 1928.

Sergeant Cantor succumbed to his wounds two weeks later.

Detective Borkin was assigned to the Detective Division. He was a World War I veteran.

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Sergeant Benjamin Cantor
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End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 1927
Cause: Gunfire

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RIP Detective Borkin and Sgt. Cantor on the 90th anniversary of this tragic incident. You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Police Officer - retired
New York City Police Department
May 17, 2017

 

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