Detective Troy David Patterson

Detective Troy David Patterson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 29, 2023

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Troy David Patterson

Detective Troy Patterson succumbed to a gunshot wound he received on January 16, 1990.

Detective Patterson was washing his car at 5:20 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn when three juveniles shot him in the head because he would not give them $20. He was transported to Kings County Hospital and never recovered. He remained in a vegetative state at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey until he died 33 years later.

Three subjects, ages 15, 17, and 20, were arrested, convicted and served prison time. The 20-year-old was sentenced to 5-15 years. The 15-year-old, believed to be the shooter, was tried as a juvenile and only served a few months in prison in New York, but he served 14 years in a South Carolina prison for a different felony.

Detective Patterson was promoted to Detective in 2016. He had served with the New York City Police Department for 40 years. He is survived by his son and grandchildren.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 16, 1990
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced 5 to 15 years

juvenile, off duty, robbery attempt

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Det. Patterson,
On today, the 1st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 29, 2024

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