Detective Sergeant Edward M. Sullivan

Detective Sergeant Edward M. Sullivan

Greenburgh Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, May 14, 1940

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Edward M. Sullivan

Detective Sergeant Sullivan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier when he was shot while serving papers as the result of a domestic investigation. When Sergeant Sullivan rang the doorbell the suspect came to the door and opened fire without warning, striking him three times.

Sergeant Sullivan's partner, who had been waiting in their car, immediately went to his aide but was shot in the chest. The suspect fled into the nearby woods and committed suicide.

His partner forced to retire from the department as a result of his wounds.

Sergeant Sullivan had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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You were gone 9 years when I was born, but I came to know you through my father Dick, my mother, and countless others who knew, loved, and respected you. I accompanied my dad many times when we tended your grave site, said a prayer, and shed a tear for what might have been. Your strength and valor have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the generations you created. May you look upon your family with pride, and may you rest in peace.
your grandson, Steve

Steve Sullivan

August 25, 2019

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