Police Officer John Skagen

Police Officer John Skagen

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, June 28, 1972

John Skagen

Police Officer John Skagen was accidentally shot and killed by a New York City police officer in a case of mistaken identity while chasing a shooting suspect. He was in plainclothes returning from a court appearance when he witnessed a disturbance and shooting in the Hunts Point Avenue Station. He began chasing the suspect with his gun drawn.

As they exited the station the suspect yelled to two NYPD officers that a crazy man with a gun was chasing him. One of the officers opened fire on Officer Skagen, fatally wounding him.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with the original homicide but was not charged in connection with Officer's Skagen's death.

Officer Skagen had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for two years and was assigned to Transit District 2. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3229

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

off duty

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I rember officer skagen we were in th academy together. Having just turned 21 and been a Police Trainee, John was the old man having spent several years in the navy. I rember him as a calm steady individual with a great sense of humor. Upon graduating the academy I was assigned the 42 pct. John went to transit. Our paths crossed again when I bought a car from him shortly before the incident. After all these years I still think of him and the loss to his family and friends. Rest In Peace old comrade. Never forget!

Detective Brendan Leddy (Ret.)

October 1, 2017

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