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Police Officer Melvin E. Hopkins | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Melvin E. Hopkins

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, September 15, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 25923

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Police Officer Melvin Hopkins was shot and killed while taking action during a robbery at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, while off duty.

Officer Hopkins was waiting in front of a store owned by his uncle as the store closed for the night. A man attempted to gain entry and Officer Hopkins told the man the store was closed. The man then produced a handgun. Officer Hopkins and the suspect exchanged shots, and Officer Hopkins was mortally wounded. As Officer Hopkins lay wounded on the ground, the suspect stole his service weapon and fled.

The suspect was apprehended several days later and charged with murder. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Hopkins had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the 77th Precinct. He had previously served three tours of duty with the United States Army in Vietnam.

Officer Hopkins was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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My letter went out today. Many thanks for your service in our military and law enforcement. My condolences to you family RIP.

John Haseltine - Civilian
May 10, 2016

 

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