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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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Officer Gilroy was shot and killed by one of four suspects who were trapped in a sporting goods store 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 agency for 8 years and was assigned to Emergency Services Unit 8.

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Steve was my football coach for the Greenpoint Crusaders. He was a kind and humorous guy who ran like the wind for our senior team. May he rest in peace.

Gerard Meagher
a former player
October 3, 2013


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