Police Officer Raymond R. Cannon, Jr.

Police Officer Raymond R. Cannon, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 2, 1994

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Raymond R. Cannon, Jr.

Officer Raymond Cannon was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a call to investigate a suspicious person at a bicycle shop.

Officer Cannon and his partner entered the store and asked the clerk if there were any problems. As the clerk responded that there was no problem, one of four suspects stepped from behind a pillar behind the counter and opened fire, striking Officer Cannon in the face. Officer Cannon's partner returned fire, striking the suspect eight times.

Officer Cannon's partner then attempted to move his body from the store. When he could, he retreated from the store and called for backup. Within a minute, other officers arrived, and they re-entered the store and retrieved Officer Cannon's body. The other three suspects were apprehended in the basement of the building.

Two of the suspects apprehended were the brothers and nephews of the suspect who was killed. One was sentenced to 25 years to life for murder, robbery, and gun possession, and the other was sentenced to 16 2/3 to 50 years for robbery and gun possession. The third suspect was a juvenile and sentenced to nine years to life. However, he was granted parole in 2018 after being denied parole eight times. By December 2021, all three felons have been paroled.

Officer Cannon and his partner received the department's Medal of Honor for their heroic actions.

Officer Cannon had been with the New York City Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 20811

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

burglary, suspicious person

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RIP Officer Ray Cannon.

I think of you every Christmas time.
I remember when I heard the news, as I was just a new Sgt in the 78PCT.

, I must have had the radio on to the song “CHRISTMAS, Baby Please Come Home” U2 Version.

That song has brought me to tears every Christmas since .

For a few years now, I have someone near and dear to me assigned to the 69PCT. He always thinks of you as he drives by each Christmas time and stops and says a prayer, for me, to you .

New young Officers of Canarsie are taught & reminded of your Dedication , Heroism and Legacy, as they receive their 69PCT Orientation and Field Training.

Ray, Watch over them and all the members of the NYPD safe

My thoughts and prayers to your Family, friends & loved ones, especially during this season.

Lt Patrick Leonard (Ret)

December 16, 2023

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