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Patrolman John J. Fraser | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


John J. Fraser

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, September 28, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 14545

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/26/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Fraser was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress.

Patrolman Fraser was in civilian clothes and standing in front of a millinery shop on Flatbush Avenue. He observed three suspicious men enter a store across the street. Patrolman Fraser followed the men into the store and noticed that the employees looked scared. As he identified himself as a Patrolman, one of the three suspicious men suddenly turned and shot him in the stomach. The gunman then fled from the store.

Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Fraser struggled with the two remaining suspects and was able to subdue them. As he became weaker, he handed his revolver to the store owner and told him to hold the suspects at gunpoint.

The 19-year-old gunman was captured a short time later and charged with murder.

Patrolman Fraser was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds two days later. In 1941, a city park was named after Patrolman Fraser.

Patrolman Fraser had served with the New York City Police Department for 7 years and was assigned to the 4th Detective Division. He was survived by his wife.

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo
September 28, 2017


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