Roundsman Richard Comisky

Roundsman Richard Comisky

Long Island City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 11, 1883

Richard Comisky

Roundsman Comisky was shot and killed by a fellow officer who was jealous of him. The two officers had been friends for many years and had hoped to get promoted together. When Comisky was promoted to Roundsman, the suspect became jealous.

On the date of the incident Roundsman Comisky was the Acting Sergeant of the precinct and was at his desk. Two other reserve officers were in the station house. The suspect entered and brought his .38 caliber firearm to Roundsman Comisky because it was not working properly. Roundsman Comisky repaired the firearm and handed it back to the suspect. The suspect then walked around the desk, exchanged words with one of the reserve officers and then stated, "I'll kill you" to Roundsman Comisky. Before the Roundsman could respond the suspect leapt across the desk and shot Roundsman Comisky in the head, killing him.

The suspect was taken into custody by the two reserve officers and charged with murder.

Roundsman Comisky had been with the agency for seven years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Roundsman Comisky, today marks the 132nd anniversary of your murder. I believe it is safe to say that not promoting your murderer was the right thing to do as he proved himself unworthy and dangerous. You were simply doing your job and it cost you your life.

Long Island City Police no longer exists, but you have not been forgotten and you are honored here. May you descendants remember and be proud of who you were.

God Bless and may you eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 11, 2015

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