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Patrolman Julius Mirell | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Julius Mirell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 9, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 10786

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Julius Mirell was shot and killed with his own service revolver while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect.

Patrolman Mirell was walking his beat with another officer in an area that had recently been plagued with numerous burglaries. While walking their post, the Patrolmen observed a suspicious man near the cellar entrance of 714 West 181st Street. When the Patrolmen approached, the suspect ran down the cellar stairs. Patrolman Mirell drew his service revolver and chased the suspect. As Patrolman Mirell descended the stairs the suspect, who was waiting out of sight at the bottom of the stairs grabbed Patrolman Mirell's revolver and fired one shot, striking Patrolman Mirell in the neck. The second patrolman was then shot twice in the stomach.

The suspect then fled on foot, but the wounded patrolman was able to fire five shots at the suspect, striking him once in the leg. The suspect escaped, but was later apprehended when he was observed limping on a sidewalk. He was charged with murder.

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

Patrolman Mirell had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 34th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman mirell. Your valor won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
July 28, 2012

 

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