Detective Sergeant John J. Moriarty

Detective Sergeant John J. Moriarty

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 2, 1922

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John J. Moriarty

Detective Moriarty died of a accidental gunshot fired by another detective when he and several other detectives confronted several burglary suspects inside of 306 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at 5 p.m.

Detective Moriarty was assigned to the loft building sqaud and had been following two suspects for several weeks when they were observed entering the building and stealing silks valued at $100,000. Upon being discoverd by police, one of the suspects fled by way of the roof, and Detective Moriarty gave chase. The two exchanged gunfire, and Detective Moriarty was struck in the neck with one shot by a fellow detective who was also exchanging gunfire with the suspect. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds eight days later. Both suspects were apprehended.

Detective Moriarty had served with the agency for 5 years and was assigned to the 23rd Detective Division. He was survived by his wife and four children, two of whom became New York City Police officers after serving in World War II.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 233

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 24, 1922


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