Police Officer James G. Carragher

Police Officer James G. Carragher

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 1982

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James G. Carragher

Officer Carragher was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest two suspects that tried to rob him.

Officer Carragher had just returned home from his tour of duty and was about eighty feet from his building when he was approached by two men with guns. The men attempted to rob Officer Carragher. Officer Carragher drew his weapon and was able to fire five shots before being shot twice and killed.

Three suspects were arrested approximately ten months later after Detectives received a tip that one of the suspects had been bragging about his role in the murder of Officer Carragher. One of the suspects was later convicted of second-degree murder and robbery and sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. The other two suspects involved in the murder were acquitted of all charges.

Officer Carragher had served with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for 16 years and had previously served in the United States Navy. He was assigned to Service Area 1.

Officer Carragher was a US Navy veteran of WWII. He was survived by his wife, four daughters, and four grandchildren.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 2862
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I am so sorry a hero like you lost your life this way. Thank you for your service and for your dedication to this city and country. I wish your family love and peace. I see how much they miss you from your daughter’ s post. God bless you sir.

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February 12, 2021

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