Patrolman William Baumfield

Patrolman William Baumfield

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, June 28, 1963

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William Baumfield

Patrolman William Baumfield was shot and killed as he attempted to stop a robbery in a hotel.

Patrolman Baumfield and his partner went off duty after making an arrest earlier in the evening. The two patrolman was 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 Baumfield was sleeping and attempted to rob him Patrolman Baumfield was killed as he tried to stop the robbery and apprehended the suspect. Both suspects were arrested. One admitted that he shot Patrolman Baumfield.

Patrolman Baumfield had served with the New York City Police Department for six years and was assigned to the 4th Division.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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For Patrolman Baumfield~
Today I was writing an essay about my father's life as a New York City police officer; in particular, about the night you were killed. My father, Patrolman James S. Minto was with you as your partner. I was only 13 years old in 1963 and did not know you...but my father always talked with respect about his partnership with you. The loss of your life deeply affected my father. I looked high and low for your name and the date you were lost to us and was blessed to find this site. You are not forgotten, and live on in the hearts of the Minto family. My father lived that night, but is now in heaven with you.
Shalom, Jane Minto Bailey

Jane Minto Bailey
Daughter of deceased NYC Police Sergeant James S. Minto

April 4, 2019

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