Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
Cop Killer Parole Alert
An inmate connected to this officer's death is up for parole.
Click to send a letter to the parole board in less than 30 seconds.
ODMP Remembers...

Police Officer Edward R. Byrne | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Edward R. Byrne

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, February 26, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 7 months

Badge # 14072

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Police Officer Edward Byrne was shot and killed from ambush at the intersection of Inwood Street and 107th Avenue in South Jamaica, Queens, while protecting a witness in a drug case.

He was parked in a marked patrol car in front of the witnesses home when two suspects approached him. One of suspects knocked on the passenger window to distract him as the second suspect ran up to him beside the driver's window and opened fire, striking him in the head five times. Two additional suspects served as lookouts.

The four suspects, ages 20 to 25, were members of a drug ring who were instructed to kill a police officer by their leader who was in a New York prison for drug trafficking. The four were apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 25 years to life. One of the four was wanted for killing a woman in Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 18, 1988. And another was charged with killing a man in Queens the same day. Three of the four subjects were denied parole in November 2012. All four have parole hearings in November, 2016.

The gang's leader was also convicted of Officer Byrne's murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Byrne had served just seven months with the New York City Police Department. He is survived by his parents and three brothers. Officer Byrne's father was also a New York City Police Officer.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 114 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Thank you for serving in our law enforcement. I hope my letter made it to the parole board. RIP and my condolences to your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian
November 23, 2016

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2016 Deaths