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Detective Bernard L. Christopher | Mount Vernon Police Department, New York Mount Vernon Police Department, New York


Bernard L. Christopher

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, June 24, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 36

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Charged with murder

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Detective Bernard Christopher was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery while off-duty.

Detective Christoper was at a local restaurant when a man armed with a 12-gague shotgun entered the location an announced a robbery. Detective Christopher drew his revolver and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Detective Christopher was struck in the chest and killed.

An off-duty Police Officer from the New York City Police Department, who was also in the restaurant pursued the suspect on foot and exchanged gunfire with him. That officer was slightly wounded and was unable to apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was captured the next month in New York City after he was arrested there for an unrelated murder.

Detective Christopher had served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for ten years and was survived by his wife.

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I am a retired Miami-Dade County Police Officer with 27 years, I have paid respect to this Officer by telling his story to police academy students. I knew this Officer as a young boy and shot his gun in the range of the old Police HQ. I knew many City of Mt. Vernon Police Officers that were an
inspiration. May GOD bless this Officer and the other I knew
that are no long with us.

PTL. John J. Kelly
Miami-Dade County Police Dept.
July 10, 2015


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