Patrolman Maitland H. Mercer

Patrolman Maitland H. Mercer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 1965

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Maitland H. Mercer

Patrolman Mercer was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest while off duty.

Patrolman Mercer had entered a bar in his old neighborhood, and the bartender informed him another patron was claiming to be an FBI agent. Patrolman Mercer waited for another off-duty Patrolman, whom he was meeting at the bar, to arrive before taking action. When the other Patrolman arrived, Patrolman Mercer led the suspect to a storage alcove in the bar to question him. When Patrolman Mercer turned away for a moment, the suspect drew a .22-caliber pistol from his waistband and fired at Patrolman Mercer, striking him in the back. Patrolman Mercer fell to the ground, and the suspect fired again, hitting Patrolman Mercer in the chest.

When the suspect attempted to flee from the bar, he was shot twice by the other off-duty Patrolman who was in the bar. The suspect fled into the street, with the Patrolman in pursuit. The Patrolman fired four more times, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Mercer was removed to Maimonides Hospital where he died about an hour later from his wounds.

Patrolman Mercer was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.


Patrolman Mercer had served with the New York City Police Department for 13 years and was survived by his wife, son and three daughters. He was assigned to the 76th Precinct.

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 15815

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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RIP Brother Maitland H. Mercer. I was with Kelvin tonight who told me about yourself and what had happened this fateful night. May God bless your soul in Heaven as you rest in peace and May God bless your family who still suffers from this tragic loss!

God Bless Kelvin as well for his heroic actions that night for bringing the assassin to justice!! Well done Kelvin!!

Sergeant Lawrence A. Nullet (Ret.)
Nassau County Police Department, New York

June 14, 2019

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