Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1975

David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant Freed was killed after being hit over the head with his own nightstick.

Sergeant Freed and his partner were in their patrol car at 72nd Street and East Drive, in Central Park, when a nude man approached their car from the rear, opened the door and took Sergeant Freed's nightstick. Sergeant Freed and his partner exited their vehicle to arrest the suspect, but were atteeddk with the nightstick. Sergeant Freed's partner received a laceration to the head and was treated. Sergeant Freed died as a result of the wounds inflicted on him. The suspect was arrested when back-up officers arrived on the scene.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled March 24, 1992.

Sergeant Freed had been with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his fiancée, an Auxiliary Police Officer, and his parents. Officer Freed had received two merit citations and five commendations during his tour as a New York City Auxiliary Officer.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's nightstick
  • Offender Paroled in 1992

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Losing a fellow officer is always sad. I remember hearing about you in my early days. How you were killed in the line of duty. I had the privilege of patrolling your neighboring precinct the 20 pct. I also remember your name being called at the memorial service. You will always be honored and remembered. Thank you for your dedication to the department.

Auxiliary Sergeant M Toledo
NYPD Auxiliary Police

August 31, 2017

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