Patrolman James M. Masterson

Patrolman James M. Masterson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 31, 1927

James M. Masterson

Patrolman James Masterson was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress. Patrolman Masterson had been meeting with an informant at a restaurant on West 103rd Street in Manhattan. As he was leaving two suspects attempted to rob the restaurant. Patrolman Masterson went back inside and was shot. He was transported to Knickerbocker Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspects fled to upstate New York where they engaged officers in a shootout on February 8, 1928. One of the suspects was shot and killed and the second, who possessed Patrolman Masterson's revolver and shield, was arrested. That suspect was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison on December 16, 1928.

Patrolman Masterson was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Honor. He had been with the agency for 5 years and was assigned to the Detective Division. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 10669

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1928

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Great Uncle Jim, I am your namesake, I knew you as my Dad's favorite Uncle. I am one of four very beloved brothers and sisters, who knew of our dad's love for you. I found your name etched in granite on a memorial near the World Trade Center, overlooking the Hudson yesterday. It took my breath away to see your heroism remembered this way, surrounded by the names of hundreds of NY Hero's.
Gone for almost 90 years now, but you are absolutely not forgotten by your family, this generation or the next. It is an honor to be related to you. Rest in Peace.

James Masterson
Great Nephew

May 20, 2016

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