Detective Wenjian Liu

Detective Wenjian Liu

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Wenjian Liu

Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle and Thompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up to their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Liu had served with the New York City Police Department for 7-1/2 years and was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective. He is survived by his wife of two months and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge 9001

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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i am a us veteran, when i saw the story of the men and women celebrated the life and memory of his life on channel 12 news. i cried severly. wanted the families of both detectives to know that my heart aches. i, too, was severly hit by a careless driver and left on the streets to die. but.there for god,s grace i survuved. i am disabled and ny life is not what it was. there are days that i feel awful. i am going to pray for the soul of offices ramos anf liu as long as i live. i will ask god to protect the families of the two officers so their lives will not be invain. merry christmas and a happy new year to both families.

Raymond Atwell
us veteran. united states veteran/spc4

December 22, 2018

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