Police Officer Pierson C. Near

Police Officer Pierson C. Near

Syracuse Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1923

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Pierson C. Near

Officer Near was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with a suspect in a local restaurant on Genesee Street. Officer Near had responded to the scene to investigate reports of a drunk and disorderly patron. As Officer Near and the subject struggled, the suspect's brother grabbed Officer Near's service weapon from its holster and shot him.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison on March 5, 1923.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Never to be forgotten. RIP Officer Near.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police - Troop "D" Oneida

May 19, 2020

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