Lieutenant Jan Brinkers

Lieutenant Jan Brinkers

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, May 4, 1981

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Jan Brinkers

Lieutenant Jan Brinkers was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three suspects who were robbing a tavern in the Bronx.

Lieutenant Brinkers, was off-duty at the time of the incident, was inside a tavern on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx when three men entered the bar and announced a robbery. Lieutenant Brinkers drew his weapon and identified himself as a Police Officer. One of the suspects opened fire, striking him in the chest. Lieutenant Brinkers was able to fire six shots at the suspects as they fled. Lieutenant Brinkers was taken to the hospital where he later died from his wounds.

All three suspects were later apprehended. Two were charged with murder. One was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Lieutenant Brinkers had been a member of the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for 15 years and is survived by his wife. He also served in the United States Army Reserve 339th Military Intelligence Company. He was assigned to Police Service Area 8.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge None

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Lt. Brinkers,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for the citizens of New York City but but for our Country as well when you served with the USAR. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2021

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