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

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. He and his partner entered the store and asked the clerk if there were any problems. As the clerk responded that was not a problem one of four suspects stepped from behind a pillar located 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 was unable to 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.

Officer Cannon and his partner both received the department's Medal of Honor for their heroic actions. Officer Cannon had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 20811

Incident Details

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

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I found an old picture with Ray as my summer camp councilor in 1985. In passing, I asked a friend from our old neighborhoods what ever happened to him, because I remember him being a cool guy. I was shocked to hear what happened as I remember the incident but never realized he was involved. He was a very nice guy, always ready to organize a baseball or hockey game with a big smile. All of the girls at the camp loved him. I remember looking up to him, I was 4 or 5 years younger at the time. I only knew him for a month or 2 but he made an impact on me. He must be missed greatly by the people that were close to him. God Bless.


January 9, 2018

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