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Police Officer Anthony Oswald McLean | New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Anthony Oswald McLean

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 13, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years, 9 months

Badge # 2178

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 120 years

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Police Officer Anthony McLean was shot and killed while checking a building. He and his partner were assigned to check four buildings for a young girl who had been reported missing.

At approximately 0100 hours Officer McLean entered a building to conduct a search. While searching one of the stairwells, Officer McLean interrupted criminal activity on the second floor. One of the men involved opened fire on Officer McLean, striking him in the neck, just above his vest.

Officer McLean was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later. The missing girl turned up at another family member's home.

The suspect was apprehended a month later in Philadelphia. In 1989, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to a minimum of 120 years in prison. At the time of the incident, he was out on patrol for another murder he had committed in 1979.

Officer McLean had served with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for 2 years and nine months. He was survived by his fiancée, parents, and four brothers.

He was a U S Army veteran, having served with the elite special forces.

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Anthony I was just going through some old pictures and I ran across one of you. We took some classes together in John Jay and when we met we clicked just like that, you weren't in my life long but the little time we spent together you were one of the nicest people I've ever came in contact with. Look it's 28 years later and I still miss you my brave soldier. My you continue to Rest In Peace.

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October 24, 2016


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