Patrolman Maurice D. O'Brien

Patrolman Maurice D. O'Brien

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1930

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Maurice D. O'Brien

Patrolman Maurice O'Brien was shot and killed after breaking up a Craps game in the street.

Patrolman O'Brien was walking his beat when he came across a group of gangsters playing Craps in the street. One of the suspects fled, with Patrolman O'Brien in pursuit. In front of 57 W 113th Street, the suspect stopped and turned with a pistol in hand. Patrolman O'Brien attempted to draw his revolver but was slowed by a heart raincoat he was wearing. The suspect fired three times, striking Patrolman O'Brien in the head, chest, and right arm, killing him.

The suspect commandeered a passing taxi and fled the scene. Two suspects, 30 and 43, were arrested on June 9, 1931, and charged in relation to the murder of Patrolman O'Brien.

Patrolman O'Brien had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 28th Precinct. He was survived by his parents and three brothers and predeceased by his older brother.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 14595

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder


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I am not sure if we are related by blood but certainly we are related by the shield as brothers. I worked for NYPD for twenty years in various pcts in the Bronx and several times came close to killing someone or being killed myself. My prayers are with you and your family . Rest in Peace.

Det Michael T O'Brien NYPD ret.

January 31, 2022

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