Patrolman George W. Duryea

Patrolman George W. Duryea

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Monday, May 16, 1864

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George W. Duryea

Patrolman George Duryea was shot and killed at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 62nd Street while assisting in the arrest of a gang of thieves who had been operating in the area.

Patrolman Duryea was pursuing the suspects on foot when one of the suspects turned and fired two shots from a revolver. One of the shots struck Patrolman Duryea in the head, killing him instantly.

The suspects fled the scene. One of the fleeing suspects was captured by another patrolman and a crowd of civilians who had come to the aid of the police. The suspect who murdered Patrolman Duryea was able to escape and fled to Columbus, Ohio, where he was arrested in November 1865 and returned to New York City to face trial.

Patrolman Duryea served with the New York Metropolitan Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the 19th Precinct (present-day 17th Precinct). He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Arrested in 1865

arrest, foot pursuit

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Patrolman Duryea,
On today, the 160th anniversary of you death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 16, 2024

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