Police Officer George J. Werdann

Police Officer George J. Werdann

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1982

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George J. Werdann

Officer George Werdann was shot and killed as he attempted to apprehend two suspects who had just robbed a supermarket.

Officer Werdann, who was off-duty, observed the robbery and pursued the suspects in his personal vehicle. While Officer Werdann attempted to apprehend one of the suspects, he was shot and killed by the other suspect.

The two suspects, brothers, 17 and 19, were arrested at their mother's home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, six weeks later and charged with Officer Werdann's murder and robbery. On November 25, 1982, the older brother was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life.

Officer Werdann served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 47th Precinct.

The school next to the 52 Precinct, where he was killed, is named P.O. George J Werdann III.

Officer Werdann's grandfather, Sergeant Werdann, was also killed in the line of duty with the New York City Police Department.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 13750

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery in progress, vehicle pursuit

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Today I had the honor of leaving flowers at your’s and your families’ resting place. It’s been 42 years and this was the 1st time I’ve been back to NY on the anniversary of your passing.

RIP my brother in blue.

Jim O’Brien (ret)
San Diego Sheriff

February 21, 2024

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