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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