Patrolman John E. Egan

Patrolman John E. Egan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 1, 1923

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John E. Egan

Patrolman John Egan was shot and killed as he attempted to break up a disturbance at a party.

Patrolman Egan was on duty and assigned to plainclothes duty to keep watch on several locations that the police had received complaints about. During the night, Patrolman Egan attempted to eject a disorderly man from one of the locations. A third man interfered and was able to gain control of Patrolman Egan's service weapon. The man fired four shots during a struggle over the gun, and Patrolman Egan was fatally wounded.

The suspect was arrested and later convicted of Second Degree Murder. He was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in prison.

Patrolman Egan was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Egan had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 51st Precinct, the present-day 43rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and twin sons.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 10550

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of second degree murder

disturbance, plainclothes

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Patrolman Egan,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your 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.


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September 1, 2023

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