Patrolman Philip L. Clarius

Patrolman Philip L. Clarius

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 15, 1934

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Philip L. Clarius

Patrolman Philip Clarius succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained ten days earlier while attempting to stop two men who robbed a grocery store.

Patrolman Clarius was on school crossing duty at Dean Street and Third Avenue when two men robbed a grocery store. The subjects opened fire on Patrolman Clarius when they saw him at the crossing post. Patrolman Clarius did not return fire for fear of striking one of the children. He was transported to Holy Family Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds ten days later.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Clarius' murder and executed on January 14, 1943.

Patrolman Clarius served with the New York City Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the 78th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 4323

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 5, 1934
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1943


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I was going through an old daily journal of my Grandfather William E. Cadarr who was an NYPD officer at the time of Patrolman Clarius' death. He had an entry for March 5, 1934 "Patrolman Clarius shot at 3rd and Dean Street." This caused me to look up this officer and I am glad I found this site. Even though my Grandfather is gone, this memory and his tribute live on. This must have been so hard for all the officers and their families. Thank you Officer Clarius. You are not forgotten.

Mary Braun Coates
Granddaughter of NYPD officer who served with Officer Clarius

March 27, 2024

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