Detective John M. Falcone

Detective John M. Falcone

Poughkeepsie City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 18, 2011

John M. Falcone

Detective John Falcone was shot and killed after responding to a shots fired call on Main Street.

He was just over a block away when he received the call and when he arrived at the scene, he encountered a man holding a 3-year-old child and waving a gun. The suspect fled, still holding the child, with Officer Falcone in pursuit.

Detective Falcone was able to rescue the child from the man and handed the child to a bystander before engaging in a struggle with the suspect as other officers arrived at the scene. During the struggle Officer Falcone was fatally shot in the head before the man was killed with a self-inflicted gunshot during a struggle with another officer.

The subject's wife was found in a nearby car with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Detective Falcone had served with the Poughkeepsie Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his parents.

Detective Falcone was posthumously promoted to Detective by the Poughkeepsie Chief of Police.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 22

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by self-inflicted gunshot during

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"All men are created equal, but a few become brothers"

We worked together a few times, as we where from different agencies. You where a good man, a great police officer.

The courage, honor and valor you showed on the day 7 years ago will never be forgotten.

And as that day approaches, I wanted to say, we all still think of you. Just say, your watch here is over. but those still here remember you.

I pray that when I wore the badge, I honored you in my actions. I pray that when I'm called home you'll be the one on watch at the gates to greet me.

See you then, whenever that day may be. And John tell ALL of our brothers and sisters home already, WE LOVE THEM, MISS THEM AND THANK YOU !

" Remind the few , who ill of us they speak, that we are the only thing that separates evil from the weak" ..,..

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