Patrolman Robert J. Byrnes

Patrolman Robert J. Byrnes

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 4, 1962

Robert J. Byrnes

Patrolman Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.

The suspect had attempted to murder his former landlady and then ran outside and killed a woman sitting nearby. He then ran onto the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 25th Street. He approached both officers from behind and shot them both in the back of their heads. Patrolman Panico was killed at the scene and Patrolman Byrnes succumbed to his wounds at Coney Island Hospital four days later.

The suspect continued shooting at other citizens, wounding three more people, before being shot and killed by an Emergency Service Unit officer.

Patrolman Byrnes was assigned to the 94th Precinct and detailed to Coney Island for the summer. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1106

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 31, 1962
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 31, 2017

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