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Police Officer Robert B. Laurenson | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Robert B. Laurenson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, June 2, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years, 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Arrested

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Police Officer Robert Laurenson was shot and killed while taking action during a robbery of a bar.

Officer Laurenson and two other plainclothes officers stopped at a bar after finishing their tour. A man armed with a shotgun entered the bar, located at 155 Amsterdam Avenue, shortly before 3:00 am and announced a robbery. The subject walked towards the back and ordered the three officers to the ground as two accomplices walked into the door. The man then ordered the officers to hand over their wallets.

Officer Laurenson attempted to run towards the two men in the door when he was shot in the chest. The three suspects then fled on foot as the other two officers fired at them. Two of them escaped in a getaway car driven by a fourth accomplice while the other got into a cab.

Two men were arrested and charged with his murder several days later.

Officer Laurenson had served with the New York City Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the 20th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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For my dear friend, Robert- my best friend for all those wonderful school age years...I have never forgotten you, I never will. May your family find peace and the knowledge that their son, brother, Dad made a big difference in many lives, especially mine. I miss you still, the big brother I never had. In my yearbook you wrote"On this page of purest white, only an angel would dare to write..." You did, and you are , an angel now. Happy Birthday, old friend. 11-12-16

Janet Schultz Allen
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November 11, 2016


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