Patrolman John Smedick

Patrolman John Smedick

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 1868

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John Smedick

Patrolman John Smedick was shot and killed after being ambushed by a career criminal near the intersection of 1st Avenue and 32nd Street in Brooklyn.

The suspect was lying in wait to murder a police officer and shot Patrolman Smedick twice as he approached the area. The suspect was arrested and hanged in 1870.

Patrolman Smedick was assigned to the 21st Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1870


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For the record a contemporary magazine magazine sketch was made showing the fallen officer; this was aquired by Otto Bettmann archive which in return was aquired by Corbis Images which in return was aquired by Getty Images

T, Fazzini

August 29, 2020

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