Detective Erle M. Thompson

Detective Erle M. Thompson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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Erle M. Thompson

Detective Erle 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 1316

Incident Details

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

domestic, off duty

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Det. Thompson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2021

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