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Detective Sergeant Timothy J. Connell | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

Timothy J. Connell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, July 12, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 496

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1925

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Detective Connell was shot and killed while attempted to arrest four men for robbery.

Detective Connell and his partner were on patrol when they observed a vehicle on Jerome Avenue, The Bronx, which they became suspicious of. They followed the car until it stopped in front of a saloon at 1301 Jerome Avenue. The four men exited and entered the saloon and announced a hold-up. Detective Connell and his partner entered behind the man and a gun battle ensued. Detective Connell was struck in the face and side, and died from his injures. Detective Connell's partner continued to engage the suspects in a gun fight, but was unable to apprehended any of them.

All the suspects were later arrested and charged with murder. One suspect was executed on August 27, 1925, for the crime and a second was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Connell was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions. He became one of only two men to ever receive that medal more than once, having been awarded the Medal of Honor in 1922 for his part in a shoot-out with armed robbers.

Detective Connell was assigned to the 50th Precinct Detective Squad, the present day 44th Precinct.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 12, 2010

 

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