Detective Earl M. Thompson

Detective Earl M. Thompson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

Earl M. Thompson

Detective Earl Thompson was shot and killed while intervening in a domestic dispute in Queens while off duty. His sister had called him while she was involved in an argument with her husband.

When Detective Thompson arrived at the apartment, he was shot in the chest by his brother-in-law.

Detective Thompson had served with the NYPD for ten years and was assigned to the 114th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your ID Card Photo in a 1971 magazine and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

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