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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

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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 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 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. Three of the four subjects were denied parole in November 2012.

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.

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His name is etched in my heart forever, Eddie you became my hero that day and I make sure to pass on your name to all I teach now. Your shield was carried by Pres. Bush (#1) and the federal memorial grant in your name is still going strong. I saluted you as your funeral procession went by holding back traffic as a Nassau cop and having been a city cop first I couldnt hold back the tears. I am crying as I write this now. You became an icon for a generation of cops and pushed the NYPD to realize its' tragic mistake leaving you alone that night and not knowing who that witness actually was testifying against..biggest dealer in Queens. You saved other cops from suffering a similar fate by making the NYPD change protocol. You can never be forgotten. I salute you again today!

Tina Swanno
NYPD / NCPD (retired)
February 27, 2016

 

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