Detective Luke Joseph Fallon

Detective Luke Joseph Fallon

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 18, 1962

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Luke Joseph Fallon

Detective Fallon and Detective John Finnegan were shot and killed during a robbery call.

Detective Fallon and Finnigan were on patrol duty when they learned of a robbery at a tobacco shop at 1167 48th Street, Brooklyn. As they entered the shop, they were met by gunfire from the guns of three suspects who were in the middle of robbing the store. Both Detective Fallon and Detective Finnegan were killed instantly.

The suspects fled but were all later apprehended. One suspect was acquitted. The other two suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Their death sentences were commuted to life in prison by Governor Rockefeller in 1966. One suspect died in prison and the second was the state's longest-held prisoner until his death in 2009.

Detective Fallon had served with the New York City Police Department for 25 years. Both detectives were assigned to the 70th Detective Squad.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 489

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both died in prison

robbery attempt

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Amanda...not quite sure of the connection but my name is Matt O’Brien. I was 8 years old living in St. Louis with my parents and siblings in May 1962. My mom and Dad were both from Brooklyn and I remember that day in 1962 when the news of your Great Grandfather’s murder reached my dad and was the day of my First communion. They were both devastated. I’m pretty sure we’re somehow related. My dad's dad was Sylvester Mullvahill O’Brien and my dad was Sylvester Vincent O’Brien. They both talked about Budd Lake and I remember seeing pictures of a party at the lake, probably your GGF’s house. For me, this has all come up again because of the series Blue Bloods where your GGF’s murder is mentioned. I’m so sorry you never got to know Joe, I know even now after all these years that by joe profoundly sad my mom and dad were upon hearing the news, that your GGF was an awesome man. Email or call me...I would love to understand our connection. [email protected] 720.317.7586. I live in Denver.


Matt O’Brien
Distant Relative

June 8, 2020

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