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Patrolman James Brennan | New York Municipal Police Department, New York New York Municipal Police Department, New York


James Brennan

New York Municipal Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, October 28, 1888

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Executed in 1889

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Patrolman Brennan was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an ex-convict for assault at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 33rd Street. As Patrolman Brennan attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect drew a revolver from his person and shot Patrolman Brennan four times in the head, killing him.

The shooting attracted the attention of two other Patrolmen who were walking their beats. They confronted the suspect as he attempted to escape. The suspect attempted to shot the patrolmen, but one patrolman struck the suspect in the head with his club, knocking the suspect unconscious.

The suspect was convicted of murdering Patrolman Brennan and executed on December 5, 1889.

Patrolman Brennan assigned to the 21st Precinct.

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Rest in peace hero

Lt. Jim Russo
October 28, 2017


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