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Police Officer Edward E. Mitchell | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Edward E. Mitchell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, July 15, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 6179

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Edward Mitchell was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest a man for robbery.

Officer Mitchell and his partner were arresting a suspect for robbing a luncheonette at 3809 10th Avenue, when the suspect began to violently struggle. Officer Mitchell's partner had one of the suspects wrists secured and Officer Mitchell attempted to hold onto his free arm but the suspect was able to break free. Officer Mitchell's partner grabbed the suspect and put him in a headlock in an attempt to force him to the ground. As they grappled, the suspect was able to remove Officer Mitchell's partner's gun from his holster and fired three times, striking Officer Mitchell in the chest.

Civilian witnesses tended to Officer Mitchell while his partner, who picked up his gun after the suspect dropped it, and an off-duty Police Officer chased the suspect on foot. They caught up to him about a block away as he attempted to carjack a vehicle. Both Officers fired at the suspect, killing him.

Officer Mitchell was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Officer Mitchell had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 34th Precinct in Manhattan. He was survived by his wife and son.

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To the Mitchell family, my deepest condolences, after 39 years life won't let you forget. My name is Jeffrey Miller, we have never met, we don't know each other however we are linked forever. On July 15 1977 about 2pm in the afternoon I was driving on Fordham Rd near the Major Degan and was mistakenly picked up for the shooting of your father and husband. It took me many years to understand the depth of your pain and loss. That Friday changed your lives forever. I found this site and have read every message from Mae and Ed Jr. for many years in silence, I feel it's time to let you know I pray for your family often, and believe, because of the brave and heroic acts of Officer Mitchell, I would be humbled to meet you, so we can tell our stories.
May God bless you.
Respectfully Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller
July 15, 2016

 

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