Patrolman James J. Flanagan

Patrolman James J. Flanagan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 12, 1931

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James J. Flanagan

Patrolman James Flanagan was shot and killed as he attempted to question two suspicious men.

Patrolman Flanagan was off duty and in civilian clothes when he observed two suspicious men at the corner of Park Avenue and 128th Street in Manhattan at approximately 2:00 am. Patrolman Flanagan approached them and attempted to question them, but one suspect drew a pistol and opened fire, striking him. Patrolman Flanagan was able to draw his revolver and fire six shots, hitting one suspect twice and one suspect once.

Two patrolmen who were attracted by the sounds of the gunfire arrived on scene. One patrolman gave chase of the suspect, while the other brought Patrolman Flanagan to the hospital. Both suspects were apprehended within one hour. It was later discovered that one suspect was an escaped prisoner from New Jersey.

Patrolman Flanagan was removed to the hospital and died later that day from his injuries.

He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor.

Patrolman Flanagan had served with the New York City Police Department for 15 months and was assigned to the 25th Precinct.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 1312

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

off duty, suspicious person

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God bless you and thank you for your service . After 90 years after giving up your life for the citizens of New York ans their safety , you are not forgotten . Rest In Peace and watch over those extended family members . Salute ! Hero !

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March 12, 2021

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