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Patrolman William G. Long | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

William G. Long

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, September 2, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 15186

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1958

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Patrolman Long was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in a parking lot at 165th Street and Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.

Patrolman Long observed the man tampering with an automobile, and when he approached to make the arrest, the suspect opened fire, killing Patrolman Long.

The suspect was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, approximately two weeks later. He was convicted of murder on March 26, 1957, and sentenced to death. He was executed at Sing Sing Prison on November 20, 1958.

Patrolman Long was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Honor at the 1957 awards ceremony. In 1959 a new police launch was christened the "Patrolman Long" in his honor. He had served with the agency for only 2 years and was assigned to the 103rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo
September 2, 2017

 

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