Lieutenant Daniel Shea

Lieutenant Daniel Shea

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 1926

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Daniel Shea

Lieutenant Daniel Shea succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained almost 13 years earlier while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect at 63 Hawthorne Avenue.

A neighbor called him at home on July 9th, 1913, to inform him that she had observed two suspicious men enter a home across the street from their houses. Lieutenant Shea's niece also observed the men and asked him to investigate. Knowing the homeowners were on vacation, Lieutenant Shea checked the perimeter of the home and discovered that the rear door and been forced open.

He returned home and called the local police precinct to report the incident. As he hung up his niece informed him that two men were exiting the house. He picked up his billy club and approached one of the men, who had jumped a fence into another yard. The man suddenly produced a revolver and shot him in the chest. Despite being wounded, Lieutenant Shea chased him a short distance until the injury prevented him from going any further.

His niece and several citizens chased the man for several blocks until he was apprehended by a motor officer. The man plead guilty of two charges and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. His accomplice was never captured.

Lieutenant Shea never fully recovered and remained on desk duty for the remainder of his career. He died on April 6th, 1926, as a direct result of the gunshot wound sustained in 1913.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 9, 1913
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 27 years

burglary, off duty

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Lt. Shea, rest in peace. Perhaps you are related to the Shea family who the stadium was named for.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2020

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