Patrolman Harold V. Shaw

Patrolman Harold V. Shaw

Rochester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 11, 1959

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Harold V. Shaw

Patrolman Harold Shaw was shot and killed by burglary suspects after the building they were burglarizing was surrounded.

He discovered a burglary in progress at the Rae Oil Company at 10 Ambrose Street and radioed for backup. Once backup officers arrived a perimeter was established with an officer at all windows and doors. Gunfire erupted at the window where Patrolman Shaw was standing and he was struck once in the arm and once in the chest. He returned fire before he succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

The two perpetrators fled through that window and were later captured.

Both suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in Attica State Prison on June 29th, 1960. One subject was released from prison on December 24th, 1979. The other was released on November 15th, 1984.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Patrolman Harold V. Shaw will always be remembered, RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

July 22, 2022

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