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Lieutenant Daniel Shea | Yonkers Police Department, New York Yonkers Police Department, New York


Daniel Shea

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 6, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/9/1913

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 27 years

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Lieutenant Daniel Shea succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained almost 13 years earlier while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect at 63 Hawthorne Avenue.

A neighbor called him at home on July 9th, 1913, to inform him that she had observed two suspicious men enter a home across the street from their houses. Lieutenant Shea's niece also observed the men and asked him to investigate. Knowing the homeowners were on vacation, Lieutenant Shea checked the perimeter of the home and discovered that the rear door and been forced open.

He returned home and called the local police precinct to report the incident. As he hung up his niece informed him that two men were exiting the house. He picked up his billy club and approached one of the men, who had jumped a fence into another yard. The man suddenly produced a revolver and shot him in the chest. Despite being wounded, Lieutenant Shea chased him a short distance until the injury prevented him from going any further.

His niece and several citizens chased the man for several blocks until he was apprehended by a motor officer. The man plead guilty of two charges and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. His accomplice was never captured.

Lieutenant Shea never fully recovered and remained on desk duty for the remainder of his career. He died on April 6th, 1926, as a direct result of the gunshot wound sustained in 1913.

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Lt. Shea,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Yonkers.


United States Border Patrol
April 6, 2016


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