Bio & Incident Details
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Police Officer Robert Laurenson was shot and killed while taking action during a robbery of a bar. He and two other plainclothes officers had just gotten off duty minutes earlier when they stopped in the bar.
A man armed with a shotgun entered the bar at 155 Amsterdam Avenue shortly before 3:00 am and announced a robbery. He 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.