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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

Incident Date: 1/19/1973

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: 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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My father Edward Reilly was A police officer in N.Y.City in the 92 and 94.He was Steves Partner and friend and ofthen talked about Steve as i was growing up.He never forgot Steve and prayed for him.My father is passed since 2006 and is reunited with his partner in heaven.Godbless them both.I was a little boy when i went to Steves funeral with my father and will always remember the 21 gun salute.Rest in peace Steve and my father Edward and his other partner Jimmy Burns.

John Reilly
Son of Police Officer Edward Reilly
June 3, 2014

 

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