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Detective James L. Daggett | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


James L. Daggett

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, September 10, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 727

Cause: Explosion

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Detective James Daggett was killed when he and three other detectives interrupted four men who were in the middle of setting a fire.

Detective Daggett and the other detectives observed the four men enter a building at 9 West 18th Street in Manhattan, carrying a number of cartons in. The men exited the building carrying empty cartons. Two of the men left in their car and two others re-entered the building.

Two detectives stopped the two suspects in the car and questioned them. The suspects confessed that they planed to burn the building down. Detective Daggett and another detective entered the building to apprehend the two suspects inside when a large explosion occurred, killed Detective Daggett and one suspect. The other detective and suspect were injured. The three remaining suspect were later indicted for murder in the first degree.

Detective Daggett was assigned to the Safe Loft and Truck Squad.

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Time never diminishes respect. I was a very young girl, but still remember the sadness of our family's' loss. RIP our dear Uncle James.

Gail Daggett Fairlie
February 9, 2016


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