Probationary Patrolman Patrick M. Canavan

Probationary Patrolman Patrick M. Canavan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 7, 1970

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Patrick M. Canavan

Probationary Patrolman Patrick Canavan was stabbed to death when he attempted to break up a street fight in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, while off duty.

Patrolman Canavan observed a large fight in the street on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 88th Street and attempted to break it up. He was stabbed in the stomach with a 12-inch hunting knife while attempting to separate two men. He died at Lutheran Medical Center while doctors were preparing for emergency surgery in an attempt to save his life.

Two suspects were apprehended and plead guilty to his murder. On September 28, 1971, the suspect, 21, that stabbed Patrolman Canavan was sentenced to 15 years to life and the other suspect, 20, who supplied the knife was sentenced to 5 years probation. The killer was paroled on October 2, 1989.

Patrolman Canavan had served with the agency for only 2 months and was assigned to the Police Academy.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge 13330

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Paroled in 1989

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Patrolman Canavan,
On today, the 50th 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.


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September 7, 2020

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