Detective Sergeant John B. Goldhammer

Detective Sergeant John B. Goldhammer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 19, 1909

John B. Goldhammer

Sergeant Goldhammer was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for several robberies. Sergeant Goldhammer, disguised as a civilian, went to the suspect's home a 1270 First Avenue, Manhattan, to attempt to locate the suspect. When he arrived the suspect answered the door. When Sergeant Goldhammer attempted to arrest him the suspect fled into his apartment and picked up a .32-caliber revolver from his room. While struggling with Sergeant Goldhammer the suspect fired one shot, killing him.

The suspect was arrested without incident by the first officer who responded to the report of the shooting.

Sergeant Goldhammer had been with the agency for 12 years and was in charge of the Rackets Squad. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 133

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Your son John sibling was my father Richard Arthur. My great grandfather and my father who rests in Arlington gives me pride in my name. God bless

Richard Francis Goldhammer
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October 2, 2017

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