Patrolman Hugh Weldon Willoughby

Patrolman Hugh Weldon Willoughby

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 14, 1961

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Hugh Weldon Willoughby

Officer Hugh Willoughby was shot and killed while off duty when he attempted to take action during a robbery attempt. The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder. He was paroled on January 30, 1976.

Officer Willoughby was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII and served with the New York City Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the 26th Precinct.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 19503
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1976

off duty, robbery attempt

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I am in total agreement that there should be a memorial of him in the 26 PCT . The line of duty death took place in the confines of the 34 PCT address 501 West 166 Street. I was able to look at the 34 PCT‘s blotter books in 2018 regarding PTL Willoughby’s line of duty death . The hand writing in the 34 Blotter book is very hard to read . It appears there was a robbery in a liquor store. Right after the perpetrator left Patrolman Willoughby Who was off duty at the time ( and lived in the neighborhood ) entered the store and was told about the robbery. Patrolman Willoughby got a hold of the perpetrator . At some point shortly after the perpetrator shot and killed patrolman Willoughby. There is not as much information in the 26 PCT’s blotter book. I would like his family should see a memorial dedicated to him.

P.O. Flaherty

January 5, 2020

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