Patrolman Robert Joseph Byrnes

Patrolman Robert Joseph Byrnes

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 4, 1962

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Robert Joseph Byrnes

Patrolman Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.

The suspect attempted to murder his former landlady and then ran outside and killed a woman sitting on a bench. The suspect then ran onto the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 25th Street and approached Patrolman Panico and Byrnes from behind. He shot them both in the back of their heads. Patrolman Panico was killed at the scene, and Patrolman Byrnes succumbed to his wounds at Coney Island Hospital four days later.

The suspect continued shooting at other citizens, wounding three more people, before being shot and killed by an Emergency Service Unit officer.

Patrolman Byrnes was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII and was assigned to the 94th Precinct. He was detailed to Coney Island for the summer. He is served by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1106
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 31, 1962
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

active shooter, ambush

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Rest in peace Patrolman Byrnes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 4, 2023

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