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Patrolman Asa W. Furness | New York Municipal Police Department, New York New York Municipal Police Department, New York


Asa W. Furness

New York Municipal Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, December 29, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Asa Furness was shot and killed by an emotionally disturbed person. Patrolman Furness and other officers responded to the Metropolitan Hotel to restrain an insane man. When they knocked on the door to the room the man was in, he told them he would shoot the first man that came through the door. After a short time the suspect opened the door and walked into the hallway. Patrolman Furness rushed the suspect and was shot twice. The suspect escaped, but was later arrested by officers.

Patrolman Furness had served with the New York Municipal Police Department for four years and was survived by his wife and four children. He was assigned to the 10th Precinct, with is the modern day 5th Precinct.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Furness and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
December 5, 2015


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