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Patrolman James J. Flanagan | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


James J. Flanagan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, March 12, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # 1312

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman James Flanagan was shot and killed as he attempted to question two suspicious men.

Patrolman Flanagan was off duty and in civilian clothes when he observed two suspicious men at the corner of Park Avenue and 128th Street in Manhattan at approximately 2:00 am. Patrolman Flanagan approached them and attempted to question them, but one suspect drew a pistol and opened fire, striking him. Patrolman Flanagan was able to draw his revolver and fire six shots, hitting one suspect twice and one suspect once.

Two patrolmen who were attracted by the sounds of the gunfire arrived on scene. One patrolman gave chase of the suspect, while the other brought Patrolman Flanagan to the hospital. Both suspects were apprehend within one hour. It was later discovered that one suspect was an escaped prisoner from New Jersey.

Patrolman Flanagan was removed to the hospital and died later that day from his injuries.

He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor.

Patrolman Flanagan had served with the New York City Police Department for 15 months and was assigned to the 25th Precinct.

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thank you all for not forgetting

suzy dwyer
my great uncle
May 27, 2014


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