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Patrolman John T. Monahan | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


John T. Monahan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, December 3, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # 13670

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/26/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1942

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Patrolman Monahan died of a gunshot wound he received as he and three other officers investigated a complaint that a disorderly house was being operated on Garden Street in Brooklyn.

As Patrolman Monahan and three other patrolmen were searching and questioning a man in the hallway of the house, the second man drew a gun and fired, striking Patrolman Monahan twice in the abdomen. Patrolman Monahan was taken to Saint Catherine's Hospital where he died 10 days later from his wounds.

The subject fled the house and engaged the other three Patrolmen in a running gun battle. He was able to elude capture. He was was apprehended the two weeks later by detectives and charged with murder. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison. While servicing his sentence, the subject was implicated in the murder of Detective James Garvey, who was killed in April of 1934. The suspect was convicted in that murder, and sentenced to death He was executed at Sing Sing Prison in 1942.

Patrolman Monahan assigned to the 14th Division.

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Detective James Garvey
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End of Watch: Saturday, April 21, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Monahan and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
December 2, 2015


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