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Patrolman William E. Kelly | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


William E. Kelly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 31, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # 9096

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1929

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Patrolman Kelly was shot and killed during a robbery in progress of a business on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. Officer Kelly was assigned to a special plainclothes detail to attempt to catch a group of robbery suspects known as the Pants Gang because they forced their robbery victims to remove their pants to hinder pursuit.

Patrolman Kelly was inside the business when the three men entered and announced a holdup. As they began searching customers they located Patrolman Kelly's badge. Patrolman Kelly immediately pulled a nearby light cord and turned off the business' lights. The suspect opened fire in the darkness, striking Patrolman Kelly in the back.

The three men fled the scene but were eventually apprehended. All three men were convicted of Patrolman Kelly's murder and executed on January 24, 1929.

Patrolman Kelly was assigned to the 37th Precinct, the present day 67th Precinct.

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May God bless Patrolman Kelly and his surviving family

Sgt. (Ret) Frank Whalen
January 31, 2017


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