Police Officer Henry J. Koebel

Police Officer Henry J. Koebel

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 26, 1978

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Henry J. Koebel

Officer Koebel was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a homeless man who was harassing people waiting on line to buy bus tickets.

Officer Koebel had ejected a homeless man from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. About an hour later, the man reentered the bus terminal and began harassing people. Officer Koebel attempted to arrest the suspect. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Koebel's service weapon and shot him three times, killing him. The suspect was shot and killed by other Port Authority Police Officers as he ran through the Bus Terminal with the Officer Koebel's gun.

Officer Koebel was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Chuck loved cars and owned a bunch of them. I worked on the foreign made ones, I remember an Austin Healy and a white Mini Cooper. He ALWAYS knew the best jokes, it seemed he was always laughing. He also worked at the airport and the tunnels. He did have a pet peeve ... civilians who busted his stones and told him PA cops ain't real cops.

It's 2021, a lot of years have passed ... and I still think of him frequently, especially on Memorial Day. His wife, Txxxx, was/is a hell of a gal. I hope she made out OK, she sure deserved it.

Rest easy old bud. I will always remember.

Ted Duncan
Just a friend.

August 13, 2021

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