Detective John Kranz

Detective John Kranz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, January 2, 1932

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John Kranz

Detective Kranz was shot and killed by two people he was about to arrest.

Detective Kranz went to the home of the suspects and asked them to accompany him to the police station. The three entered a taxi cab and proceeded to the police station. During the ride one of the suspects was able to gain control of Detective Kranz's service weapon and shot him. The suspect then fled, but later turned themselves into police.

Detective Kranz was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital where he died four days later.

Detective Kranz had served with the New York City Police Department for 11 years and was survived by his wife and daughter. He was assigned to the 18th Division, 4th Detective District.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 10964

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 29, 1931
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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As my sister wrote above, our mother has never forgotten her father who she lost at such a young age. We would have loved to have met this man whom our mother clearly adored. May our grandfather continue to rest in peace and watch over us.

Kathy Sills

February 6, 2019

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