Detective Luis R. Lopez

Detective Luis R. Lopez

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 10, 1993

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Luis R. Lopez

Detective Luis Lopez was shot and killed during an undercover marijuana buy-bust operation.

The suspect had offered to sell Detective Lopez, who was disguised as a drug dealer, about four pounds of marijuana and an unspecified number of illegal guns for $10,000. Detective Lopez left, saying he would get the money from his car.

Detective Lopez was shot in the chest at 1558 hours when he and three other officers went to 114 East First Street to arrest the three suspects.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the murder. The gunman was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and selling marijuana. He was sentenced to 55 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2047.

Detective Lopez had served with the New York City Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4202

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 55 years to life


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At Det. Luis lopez' EOW I was just a 1yr rookie. A few months earlier I was transferred to the MSTF which turned out of the 7th pct, my locker was just a few away from Detective López. I often heard him speak to his partners before going out in the field. Detective. Luis López was my sole inspiration to become a detective and more so after his death. I will never forget you Detective López even though we didn't know each other, you were my 1st hero in a family of hero's of whom i will always be grateful to. God bless your family always and forever, keep watching over us.

Detective Thomas Denni

March 10, 2022

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