Police Officer Hilario Serrano

Police Officer Hilario Serrano

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 31, 1992

Hilario Serrano

Police Officer Hilario Serrano was shot and killed when two men tried to rob him
while he was off duty.

At approximately 8:30 pm, Officer “Larry” Serrano was in an elevator with his girlfriend, at his mother’s apartment building on Andrews Avenue in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. Two male suspects entered the elevator, and attempted to rob the couple. Within an instant, a close-combat gunfight erupted between the Officer Serrano and the two suspects as the elevator climbed to the fourth floor. The shooting continued as the elevator doors opened. Officer Serrano was shot in the face, back and foot but despite being mortally wounded, Officer Serrano was able to shoot and wound both suspects. The perpetrators then fled taking Officer Serrano’s firearm with them.

Officer Serrano was rushed to Lincoln Hospital where he expired from his injuries a little more than one hour later. Both suspects were apprehended and charged with murder. One suspect committed suicide two months later, and the other was later convicted of murder.

Police Officer Hilario Serrano began his career helping New Yorkers as a member of the Guardian Angels. He then became an Auxiliary Police Officer for four years before serving as a fully sworn member of the New York City Police Department for six years. Officer Serrano was survived by his mother. He was assigned to the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 30148

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both arrested and charged with murder

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today, we honor the passing of a true hero. one who was a brother to my father. a man who me or my brother ruben never got to meet. through all the stories my dad used to tell me, all the good things about larry, and how he was just such a genuine nice loving man and an awesome cop. and i'm sure was going to be our god father if he was living today. he surely didn't go out like any other man would. he went out with a literal "bang" injuring both of the cowards who decided to hold him at gun point and gun him down. wounding them to where the boys in blue could give them a good ass kicking and lock them up for life. larry, i never got to meet you, and as silly as this sounds i miss you. but more importantly i know my father misses you very very much. larry, i know your up there now with grandma and they are both protecting us and looking down on the family and are very proud of the man my brother is turning into and the young man i'm growing and striving to be, just like my father. We love you larry!

Tyler Caban

January 31, 2018

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