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Police Officer Joseph Keegan | New York City Transit Police Department, New York New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Joseph Keegan

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, June 19, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 2639

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Police Officer Joseph Keegan was shot and killed with his own gun while attempting arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station.

Officer Keegan was patrolling the Columbus Circle subway station when he observed a fare evader. When he attempted to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued. The suspect gained control of Officer Keegan's handgun and shot him in the head.

The suspect was arrested in Central Park later in the day during a massive manhunt. He was later convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Keegan was assigned to Transit District 1 and had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his fiancée, daughter, mother, two brothers and two sisters.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
June 19, 2015

 

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