Police Officer Michael R. Frey

Police Officer Michael R. Frey

Eastchester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 21, 1996

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Michael R. Frey

Officer Frey was shot and killed by a sniper as he responded to a shots fired call. Officer Frey had arrived at the scene but had not yet exited his patrol car when he was shot with a high powered rifle. The bullet passed through his arm and heart, killing him instantly. Officer Frey's partner was also wounded.

Other officers who responded to the call tried to get to the officers but were pinned down by the sniper. The New York City Police Department's Emergency Service Unit responded with an armored vehicle and was able to pull both officers from the line of fire.

The incident began when the suspect had called the police and reported a disturbance in his front yard. After killing Officer Frey and wounding his partner, the suspect barricaded himself in the home. After several hours, entrance was gained to the house where the suspect was found dead from a self inflicted wound. He had also killed his grandmother and dog, whose bodies where found in the house.

Officer Frey had served with the Eastchester Police Department for 6 years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 27

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I want to thank you for your service. Know that your friends and fellow officers will never forget you and the sacrifice you made to make Eastchester a safer community. I will never forget that day and the response from New Rochelle to Eastchester. I was a lieutenant with the New Rochelle Police Department and the commander of our Critical Incident Unit. We responded with so many other departments to assist your brother officers. It was a day filled with so many emotions from sadness to frustration and a day like too many others that will always remain with me. Your sacrifice had a profound impact on promoting awareness of police officers which seems more important now than it has ever been. My prayers have and always will remain with you and all of your family and friends. Rest in Peace my brother.

Charlie Carlson
New Rochelle Police Department, Lieutenant (Retired)

March 22, 2018

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