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Police Officer Henry J. Koebel | Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Henry J. Koebel

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/26/1978

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer Koebel was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a homeless man who was harassing people waiting on line to buy bus tickets. About an hour prior Officer Koebel had ejected the homeless man from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. When the man returned and began harassing people, Officer Koebel attempted to arrest the suspect. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Koebel's service weapon and shot him three times, killing him. The suspect was shot and killed by other Port Authority Police Officers as he ran through the Bus Terminal with the Officer Koebel's gun.
Officer Koebel was survived by his wife.

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I was a John Jay intern for the PAPD the day that happened. I'll never forget it.

Rest in Peace

Special Agent Jon May
US Department of Justice
September 9, 2013

 

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