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Detective Bernard L. Christopher | Mount Vernon Police Department, New York
Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

Detective

Bernard L. Christopher

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, June 24, 1974

Biographical Info

Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 36

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 24, 1974
Weapon Used: Shotgun; 12 gauge
Suspect Info: Charged with murder

Detective Bernard Christopher was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery while off-duty.

Detective Christoper was at a local restaurant when a man armed with a 12-gague shotgun entered the location an announced a robbery. Detective Christopher drew his revolver and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Detective Christopher was struck in the chest and killed.

An off-duty Police Officer from the New York City Police Department, who was also in the restaurant pursued the suspect on foot and exchanged gunfire with him. That officer was slightly wounded and was unable to apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was captured the next month in New York City after he was arrested there for an unrelated murder.

Detective Christopher had served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for ten years and was survived by his wife.