Police Officer Kevin M. Lee

Police Officer Kevin M. Lee

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 27, 2006

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Kevin M. Lee

Officer Kevin Lee suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit with three suspects.

Officer Lee was part of a surveillance team that was tailing a group of men who appeared to be casing stores on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan shortly before 6:00 pm.

After being told by employees at one of the stores that the men might have taken a laptop computer, Officer Lee and his team moved in on the suspects, who fled on foot.

Following a foot pursuit and struggle with the suspects, Officer Lee lost consciousness. Officers on the scene performed CPR and were able to revive Officer Lee. He was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital but died one hour later.

Two of the suspects were taken into custody at the scene and the third was arrested several days later.

Officer Lee had served as a full-time officer with the New York City Police Department for 10 years and had served an additional five years as an auxiliary officer. He was assigned to the Manhattan North Grand Larceny Unit. He is survived by his wife and 6-year-old son, and his parents and sister.

In June 2007 Officer Lee was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 23265

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

foot pursuit, larceny, plainclothes

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I am just sorry that I never had the honor to meet this wonderful young man. Having met his dear parents, I can believe just how special he was. A loving and devoted son and father, he is missed by his loved ones. The pain of loss and grief never diminishes with time...we mourn the ones we have lost so tragically, but we will always honor their memory and we will NEVER FORGET. I know the loss and heartbreak that his parents feel....all we have is our memories.

Adelaide Laurie
Widow of PO Rocco Laurie

January 28, 2023

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