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Police Officer Stephen R. Gilroy | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Stephen R. Gilroy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, January 19, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 13082

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Paroled in 2008

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Police Officer Stephen Gilroy was shot and killed by one of four suspects who were trapped in a sporting goods store, at 927 Broadway, where they had just committed an armed robbery.

In an exchange of gunfire two other officers were wounded and one of the suspects was shot three times in the abdomen. The suspects held nine hostages for 48 hours untill one of the hostages convinced the suspects that he and the other hostages would be safer and out of the line of police gunfire on the second floor. The hostages escaped through a hidden staircase as soon as they got to the second floor. The suspects were then forced to surrender to police.

Officer Gilroy's killer was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He was paroled in 2008.

Officer Gilroy had served with the NYPD for eight years and was assigned to Emergency Services Unit 8.

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To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Gilroy: I sent my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, on his behalf. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I wish that you didn’t have to endure the pain of another parole hearing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy
September 21, 2017


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