Police Officer Kevin J. Gillespie

Police Officer Kevin J. Gillespie

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 14, 1996

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Kevin J. Gillespie

Officer Kevin Gillespie was shot and killed by a man he had just pulled over. Officer Gillespie and his partner had stopped a BMW which had been car-jacked earlier in the evening. As the two were approaching the vehicle, the men inside opened fire. One bullet struck Officer Gillespie in the shoulder, above his vest. The bullet went straight down his torso striking many organs. He died an hour later at a local hospital.

Officer Gillespie's partner thought that he had dove for cover and pursued the suspects in a running gun battle down the Grand Concourse. One suspect was shot five times and the other was arrested at the scene. The suspect committed suicide in jail by hanging himself.

Officer Gillespie had served with the agency for 4 years and was assigned to the Special Operations Division Street Crime Unit. He was killed a few days before his 34th birthday.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 4503

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide in jail

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Gone but never forgotten...
It's been 24 yrs that you have been gone and it seems like yesterday we were hanging out at the wheel just bullshiting.
God Bless You

Ret Detective Vincent DeQueiroz
Original SCU

April 4, 2020

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