Detective Bernard L. Christopher

Detective Bernard L. Christopher

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, June 24, 1974

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Bernard L. Christopher

Detective Bernard Christopher was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery while off-duty.

Detective Christoper was at a local restaurant when a man armed with a 12-gague shotgun entered the location an announced a robbery. Detective Christopher drew his revolver and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Detective Christopher was struck in the chest and killed.

An off-duty Police Officer from the New York City Police Department, who was also in the restaurant pursued the suspect on foot and exchanged gunfire with him. That officer was slightly wounded and was unable to apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was captured the next month in New York City after he was arrested there for an unrelated murder.

Detective Christopher had served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for ten years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 36

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Det. Christopher,
Sir, as a fellow LEO and former Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones,?i wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

June 24, 2017

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