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Patrolman Maitland H. Mercer | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Maitland H. Mercer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 15815

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Mercer was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest while off duty. Officer Mercer had entered a bar in his old neighborhood and the bartender informed him another patron was claiming to be an FBI agent. Patrolman Mercer waited for another off-duty Patrolman, whom he was meeting at the bar, to arrive before taking action. When the other Patrolman arrived, Patrolman Mercer lead the suspect to a storage alcove in the bar to question him. When Patrolman Mercer turned away for a moment, the suspect drew a .22-caliber pistol from his waist band and fired at Patrolman Mercer, striking him in the back. Patrolman Mercer fell to the ground and the suspect fired again, striking Patrolman Mercer in the chest.

When the suspect attempted to flee from the bar, he was shot twice by the other off-duty Patrolman who was in the bar. The suspect fled into the street, with the Patrolman in pursuit. The Patrolman fired four more times, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Mercer was removed to Maimonides Hospital where he died about an hour later from his wounds.

Patrolman Mercer was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

Patrolman Mercer had served with the New York City Police Department for 13 years and was survived by his wife, son and three daughters. He was assigned to the 76th Precinct.

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RIP Officer Maitland Mercer, may your soul have eternal peace in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police
July 26, 2016


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