Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.

Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.

Nyack Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 1981

Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.

Sergeant Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Brown were shot and killed by heavily armed members of a domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground, who had just robbed a bank and were attempting to escape. The suspects had just murdered an armored car guard and wounded two other guards before loading themselves into the back of a rental truck to be driven away by accomplices. The truck was stopped at a roadblock manned by several Nyack officers.

One of the female occupants in the cab of the truck told the officers their guns were making her nervous. Thinking they had stopped the wrong truck, the officers began to holster their weapons. Almost immediately afterwards several of the heavily armed men exited the back of the truck and opened fire with automatic weapons, fatally wounding Officer Brown and Sergeant O'Grady.

The suspects fled the scene in different directions but seven men and three women were eventually apprehended and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. One of the women was paroled in August 2003. Another woman was released July 15, 2010, and died of cancer a month later. One of the men died in prison December 13, 1986.

A suspect convicted of killing Police Officer John G. Scarangella of the New York City Police Department, was a prime suspect in the murders of Sergeant O'Grady and Officer Brown. When he was arrested for the murder of Officer Scarangella, he was in possession of a gun linked to the murders of Sergeant O'Grady and Officer Brown. That suspect was never charged in these murders.

A suspect in the killing was placed on FBI 10 most wanted in 1982 for helping his sister - an accomplice in the New Jersey State killings - escaped from prison in 1979. The suspect was captured in 1986.

Sergeant O'Grady was a Vietnam War veteran. He is survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Saint Anthony's Church Cemetery, Nanuet, Rockland County, New York.

The Weather Underground was also connected to the Black Liberation Army, which was responsible for the murders of at least one dozen other police officers throughout the country. The Weather Underground is believed responsible for the unsolved bombing murder of San Francisco, California, Police Department Sergeant Brian McDonnell on February 16, 1970.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Paroled in 2003

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Rest in peace my brother. You and your partner are true heroes. May God continue to bless your loving family always.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 20, 2018

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