Patrolman Robert S. McChesney

Patrolman Robert S. McChesney

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 19, 1867

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Robert S. McChesney

Patrolman Robert McChesney was stabbed and killed as he attempted to arrest a intoxicated prostitute that was insulting pedestrians.

When Patrolman McChesney placed his hand on the suspect, she turned quickly and stabbed him in the neck with a three bladed knife. Patrolman McChesney fell to the ground, but was able give the alarm rap, calling several Patrolman to the scene.

The first Patrolman to arrive arrested the suspect after a struggle in which she attempted to stab him. Two other responding Patrolman carried Patrolman McChesney to the hospital where he died.

Patrolman McChesney served with the New York Metropolitan Police Force for just two months and seven days. He was assigned to the 8th Precinct, the modern day 1st Precinct, New York City Police Department.

Patrolman McChesney was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Apprehended

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On this 153rd anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to say thank you and that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 19, 2020

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