Lieutenant Patrick J. Ryan

Lieutenant Patrick J. Ryan

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, July 16, 1919

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Patrick J. Ryan

Lieutenant Ryan was shot and killed after arresting a suspect. He and a police captain had approached the suspect and another man, who both began to run when they recognized the officers. Lieutenant Ryan caught the man as he attempted to climb over a fence. After quickly frisking the suspect Lieutenant Ryan began walking him to a police call box. The suspect suddenly turned and shot him four times, fatally wounding him.

Hearing the shots, the captain stopped chasing the other suspect and returned to the scene. Lieutenant Ryan was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was arrested a few days later and charged with murder.

Lieutenant Ryan had been with the agency for 20 years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Lt. Ryan,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newark. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 16, 2019

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