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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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As a Christian I must pray for all our fallen warriors who protect us. James Brennan shooting is sad but also the shooting in Virginia, Patrolwoman Ashley Guindon a rookie first day on the job is heartbreaking. Our prayers are with the Guindon family. I am interested in Patrolman Brennan because he may have been my Great Grandfather. A family member recently gave me this website to followup on our Brennan family story which has been passed down for generations. However, I am currently working on my families genealogy and have no proof thus far this is my Great Grandfather. All I have so far to prove he is related is our common last name and my Grandfather's first name is James. And no bearing on the story itself but the suspect was executed on my birthday, not the year of course. No matter the outcome, if he is indeed my Great Grandfather or not he is a New York hero. Let's pray no more Patrolman's lives are lost. Amen

George Brennan
March 6, 2016


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