Patrolman William Baumfeld

Patrolman William Baumfeld

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, June 28, 1963

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William Baumfeld

Patrolman Bill Baumfeld was shot and killed as he attempted to stop a robbery in a hotel at 4:30 am.

Patrolman Baumfield and his partner went off duty after making an arrest earlier in the evening. The two patrolmen were to appear in court early the next morning, so they went to the Congress Hotel on West 69th Street for a few hours of sleep. The patrolman got rooms on the first floor, near the check-in counter. As they slept, two youths armed with handguns entered the hotel and robbed one of the workers. The boys then came to the room where Patrolman Baumfeld was sleeping and attempted to rob him. Patrolman Baumfeld was killed as he tried to stop the robbery and apprehend the suspect.

Both suspects, 17 and 20, were arrested. The 17-year-old admitted that he shot Patrolman Baumfeld. He was convicted of murder, sentenced to life, and paroled on July 22, 1982. The other suspect, convicted of murder and sentenced to life, was paroled on May 15, 1985.

Patrolman Baumfeld was a Korean War veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for six years, assigned to the 4th Division. He was survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 21659
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

juvenile offender, off duty, robbery

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Patrolman Baumfeld,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 28, 2023

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