Sheriff Paul Stier

Sheriff Paul Stier

Queens County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 13, 1916

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Paul Stier

Sheriff Paul Stier was shot and killed as he attempted to evict a squatter from a house.

Sheriff Stier and a patrolman from the New York City Police Department went to the house to evict the suspect and arrest him on a warrant. When Sheriff Stier and the Patrolmen entered the location, the suspect had a .22 caliber rifle. When Sheriff Stier ordered the suspect to drop the gun, the suspect fired killing Sheriff Stier and wounding the Patrolmen.

The suspect then fled to the roof of the house with his rifle. Reserve officers were called in from the Flushing Station and three more Patrolmen from the New York City Police Department were wounded before the suspect was shot and killed.

Sheriff Steir had served as the Sheriff of Queens County for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children.

The Queens County sheriff's Department was merged into the New York City Sheriff's Department in 1942.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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On this 99th anniversary of your murder, I wish to salute your heroism and thank you for your service. Your task was an unpleasant one, but a necessary one and you did it with honor.

God Bless you, Sheriff and may your eternal rest remain forever peaceful.

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

October 13, 2015

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