Detective Sergeant Timothy J. Connell

Detective Sergeant Timothy J. Connell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 12, 1924

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Timothy J. Connell

Detective Connell was shot and killed while attempted to arrest four men for robbery.

Detective Connell and his partner were on patrol when they observed a vehicle on Jerome Avenue, The Bronx, which they became suspicious of. They followed the car until it stopped in front of a saloon at 1301 Jerome Avenue. The four men exited and entered the saloon and announced a hold-up. Detective Connell and his partner entered behind the man and a gun battle ensued. Detective Connell was struck in the face and side, and died from his injures. Detective Connell's partner continued to engage the suspects in a gun fight, but was unable to apprehended any of them.

All the suspects were later arrested and charged with murder. One suspect was executed on August 27, 1925, for the crime and a second was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Connell was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions. He became one of only two men to ever receive that medal more than once, having been awarded the Medal of Honor in 1922 for his part in a shoot-out with armed robbers.

Detective Connell was assigned to the 50th Precinct Detective Squad, the present day 44th Precinct.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 496

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1925

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Sgt. Connell: Thanks for your service to the citizens of NY City. There is no mention of relatives, but I hope they exist, and are aware of your sacrifice and service to the citizens of NY City. Your two Medals of Honor are testament to your bravery and unwavering devotion to your agency and to the citizenry of NY. You honor the law enforcement profession.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

July 12, 2021

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