Probationary Patrolman William B. Heaney

Probationary Patrolman William B. Heaney

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1913

William B. Heaney

Patrolman William Heaney was shot and killed when after responding to the sounds of shots being fired in front of 235 Mulberry Street in Manhattan. When Patrolman Heaney arrived, he found that the suspect had just murdered another man. The suspect shot and killed Patrolman Heaney as he approached.

Patrolman Teare was shot and wounded after responding to the scene. When Patrolman Teare arrived, he observed a man with a smoking revolver and when he attempted to disarm the suspect, the suspect fired two shots wounding Patrolman Teare. Patrolman Teare was removed to St. Vincent's Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended several days later and sentenced to death. One June 21, 1916, only eight days before his execution date, someone smuggled a gun into him during a visit. In the early morning of June 22, 1916, the suspect called Guard Daniel McCarthy, of the New York State Department of Correctional Services, to his cell to bring him a slop bucket. When Guard McCarthy opened the cell door the suspect shot him to death, grabbed his keys, and escaped from the prison.

The man was arrested a short time later and returned to Sing Sing Prison. He was kept sedated until being executed in the electric chair on June 30, 1916.

Patrolman Heaney was assigned to the 12th Precinct, the present day 5th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2761

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1916

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 100th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 9, 2013

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