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 had the opportunity to work with John while working dist 5 .I was a young officer as he was and remember when he was taken from our police family.
I Always remember John died doing the job we all signed on for, the tragedy was compounded by the fact that another officer with bad information shot John by mistake.Sad.

Rich Von Voigt
Riverhead PD retired

May 20, 2018

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