Detective Joseph A.C. Kelly

Detective Joseph A.C. Kelly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, April 17, 1932

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Joseph A.C. Kelly

Detective Kelly was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street in Manhattan.

Officer Kelly and his partner were traveling with lights and sirens on to a call of a hold-up in progress. The suspect’s vehicle never slowed for the patrol car and stuck it, killing Detective Kelly and injuring his partner, two other officers and a civilian who was standing on the sidewalk. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on a charge of suspicion of homicide.

Detective Kelly’s most outstanding feat in the time he was a Police Officer was that he once captured five burglars single-handed when he was a Patrolman in Manhattan.

Detective Kelly had been with the New York City Police Department for seven years and was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Arrested

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