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Probationary Patrolman Patrick M. Canavan | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Probationary Patrolman

Patrick M. Canavan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, September 7, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 2 months

Badge # 13330

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years to life

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Probationary Patrolman Patrick Canavan was stabbed to death when he attempted to break up a street fight in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, while off duty.

Patrolman Canavan observed a large fight in the street on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 88th Street and attempted to break it up. He was stabbed in the stomach with a 12-inch hunting knife while attempting to separate two men. He died at Lutheran Medical Center while doctors were preparing for emergency surgery in an attempt to save his life.

Two suspects were apprehended and plead guilty to his murder. The suspect that stabbed Patrolman Canavan was sentenced to 15 years to life and the other suspect, who supplied the knife was sentenced to 5 years probation.

Patrolman Canavan had served with the agency for only 2 months and was assigned to the Police Academy.

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Forty Six Years and one day ago, my father Police Officer John Rogers responded to the job involving Patrick while assigned to the 68 Pct. Subsequently my dad chased down and arrested the suspect that stabbed Patrick. My Father told me about that night many times and was often in tears because of the incident. He told me that "On that night of Sept 7 1970 I lost a brother, it did not matter that I did not know him I lost a brother." Every time I step foot into 1 Police Plaza I take out a moment to observe the wall of hero's and look at Patrick's name. I know the pain never goes away. My father passed this year on 05/22 but was always proud that he wore the uniform of an NYPD Police Officer and that I had followed in his footsteps. God bless Patrick and his family.

Detective Shane B Rogers
New York City Police Department
September 8, 2016


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