Detective Sergeant John B. Goldhammer

Detective Sergeant John B. Goldhammer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 19, 1909

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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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Det. Goldhammer,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 19, 2019

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