Detective Richard J. Guerzon

Detective Richard J. Guerzon

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, November 13, 1989

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Richard J. Guerzon

Detective Richard J. Guerzon and Detective Keith Williams were shot and killed by a prisoner as they were returning him to Riker's Island.

The detectives had picked up the prisoner at Riker's Island to bring him to the Queen's District Attorney's Office so a polygraph test could be administered. The prisoner was secured in a room and handcuffed to a pipe on the wall, but left unsupervised. It was during this time that their killer broke into a locker within his reach and obtained a handgun.

When the polygraph was canceled the prisoner was cuffed behind his back and to be returned to Riker’s Island. As the detectives drove along the Grand Central Parkway, near LaGuardia Airport, the prisoner drew the weapon and ordered the detectives to pull the car to the side of the road. As soon as the vehicle stopped the prisoner killed both officers. He un-cuffed himself with the detectives' handcuff keys and fled.

The detectives' killer was apprehended a few hours after the murder. He was subsequently convicted of two counts of second degree murder and sentenced to 91 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2079.

Detective Guerzon had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the Queens District Attorney’s Squad. He was a U.S. Army veteran and is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 3312
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Life sentence

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Detectives Guerzon and Williams were
Murdered before Russian filmmaker Stanislaw Govoruhkin arrived in NYC to complete his documentary Ridiculing his government and comparing Russian and American police. It’s called No Way to Live(Tak Zhit Nelziya). I told the filmmaker to film the funeral for one of the fallen detectives which he did. I don’t know whose funeral was captured but I am writing this because loved ones and friends may not even know about this might be viewable on YouTube and other streaming services. In addition cops from the 9th precinct are in it as well as myself Michael Fandal. When interviewed in Central Park I have a mourning band on my badge. Before my retirement and afterward I entertained at many widows and orphans events. RIP brothers. Your spirit lives in our memories and for those who never stopped loving you.

Police Officer Michael Fandal
NYPD. Appeared in film which included one of the funerals

October 4, 2021

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