Police Officer James Holmes

Police Officer James Holmes

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 23, 1986

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James Holmes

Officer Holmes was shot and killed while off-duty when a man attempted to rob him around 10:15 p.m. Officer Holmes was visiting a friend at 361 Livonia Avenue in Brooklyn. After entering the building he was approached by a man who attempted to rob him. Officer Holmes resisted and the suspect was able to knock Officer holmes unconscious. The suspect then stole Officer Holmes' firearm and fled. He then immediately returned and shot Officer Holmes multiple times in the stomach and chest, killing him.

The suspect was arrested after he told his probation officer that he thought he might be wanted for killing a police officer. He was later convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and secon-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 32 1/2 years to life in prison. The suspect is eligible for parole on May 31, 2019.

Officer Holmes had served with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for 17 years and was survived by his wife and four children. He was assigned to Service Area 3.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1875

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 24 years in prison

off duty, robbery attempt

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February 5, 2016

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