Detective John D. Pollins

Detective John D. Pollins

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 14, 1967

John D. Pollins

Detective John Pollins shot and killed when he and two other officers when to arrest a suspect on a warrant.

Detective Pollins and two other officers went to the suspect's apartment in a building at the corner of East 124th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. Detective Pollins and another officer entered the suspect's apartment, while the third officer stood guard outside. As Detective Pollins entered the apartment, the suspect fired two shots from a 16-gauge shotgun, striking Detective Pollins in the face and wounding the other officers.

The suspect then fled from the location on foot, firing at the officers as he ran. One shot wounded the third officer at the scene. Despite their injuries, the officers were able to apprehend the suspect after a short chase.

Detective Pollins was removed to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds, but he died early the next day.

Detective Pollins was survived by his wife and son. He was assigned to the Narcotics Division at the time of the shooting. A police boat was named in Detective Pollins' honor.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 13, 1967
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Apprehended

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Detective John Polling was my Uncle on my mother's side. He was the youngest of a family 3 brother 2 sisters and 2 brother they never new. I am really surprised that after all of these years My Uncle John is still remember. Funny I was speaking with some of my work force who were at the time speaking of once becoming a Police officer. My uncle was a great man who came from a great Family and I remember that dark day.



December 17, 2015

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