Probationary Patrolman Edward P. Keenan

Probationary Patrolman Edward P. Keenan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1930

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 (Accidental)

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 23, 2012

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