Detective John M. Singer

Detective John M. Singer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 1926

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John M. Singer

Detective John Singer was shot and killed by a prisoner inside police headquarters.

The subject, who was being held for theft of an automobile, snatched Detective Singer's service revolver from him and shot him. The suspect was apprehended less than 12 hours later after a violent struggle with several policemen, during which one policeman fractured his skull.

He was charged with murder but was adjudged insane and sent to Mattewan Insane Asylum.

Detective Singer had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years, assigned to the automobile squad. He was survived by his wife and two small children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 745

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

police facility, prisoner custody, stolen vehicle

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God bless you. May you rest in eternal peace brother.

LT Kissane (Ret)

August 12, 2023

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