Probationary Patrolman Edward P. Keenan

Probationary Patrolman Edward P. Keenan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1930

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Edward P. Keenan

Patrolman Keenan was accidentally shot and killed by another patrolman who mistook him for a suspect.

Patrolman Keenan was off-duty and riding in a taxi in the vicinity 6th Street and 1st Avenue when he observed what he thought was a robbery in progress. What he was in fact observing was two off duty patrolman chasing and attempting to arrest a man who had just assaulted another.

Patrolman Keenan exited the taxi and approached, and reached for his gun when one of the other off-duty patrolmen opened fire, striking Patrolman Keenan. Patrolman Keenan was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died from his wound.

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

Patrolman Keenan had served with the New York City Police Department for two months and was assigned to the Police College, Recruit Training School, the present day Police Academy. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge 5113

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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So young and brave. Rest in peace Probationary Officer Keenan. My dad served thirty-eight years with the 102nd precinct in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 2021

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