Detective Horace L. Ford

Detective Horace L. Ford

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, November 6, 1978

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Horace L. Ford

Detective Horace Ford was shot and killed as he exchanged shots with a suspect during a bank robbery, at 41-01 Kissena Boulevard in Queens, while off duty.

The subject walked into the bank and announced a holdup, at which point Detective Ford drew his weapon and identified himself. The man immediately opened fire, striking Detective Ford. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Detective Ford was transported to Booth Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Detective Ford had served with the NYPD for 12 years and was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 3187

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It’s an honor to wear your name on a SCU shirt I have. I never knew the circumstances of the incident until now. Thank you hero.

PO James Ulrich
SCU (1999-2001)

November 7, 2019

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