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Patrolman Joseph P. Burke | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Joseph P. Burke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, June 18, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 4470

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/12/1932

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed on January 10, 1934

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Patrolman Joseph Burke died of a gunshot wound he received while attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect.

Patrolman Burke and two other officers were informed that there was a robbery in progress inside of 2320 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. Two officers entered through a connecting store and Patrolman Burke stood guard at the side door on 136th street. The two officers inside the store were able to apprehend two suspects, but a third ran out the side door. When he was confronted by Patrolman Burke, the suspect opened fire, striking Patrolman Burke in the head. The suspect and two look outs fled. The suspect that shot Patrolman Burke was apprehended a block away by other officers, but the two look outs escaped. They were arrested later in the day when the other suspect told officers where they could find the men.

Patrolman Burke was removed to Harlem Hospital where he died six days later from his wound.

The suspect was later convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on January 10th, 1934.

Patrolman Burke was a U.S Army veteran and of WWI had served with the New York City Police Department for six years and was assigned to the 32nd Precinct.

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Patrolman Burke,
May your sacrifice never be forgotten.
Always a hero, your family lives on and is forever proud of you.
Rest in Peace.

Inspector (Ret.) Keith M. Spadaro
February 27, 2016


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