Correction Officer George Motchan

Correction Officer George Motchan

New York City Department of Correction, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 15, 1975

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George Motchan

Correction Officer Motchan was shot by an escaping inmate whom Officer Motchan and another officer had escorted to the hospital's dental clinic. The inmate had arranged for a girlfriend to hide a gun in a bathroom stall.

The suspect was eventually captured, tried, convicted and sentenced to the electric chair. His sentence was overturned by the New York Supreme Court and the suspect was then sentenced to life in prison. The suspect died in prison July 15, 2018.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 9, 1975
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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I became a NYC Correction Officer in 1971, and happened to be at Kings County Hospital the day Officer Motchan was killed by a prisoner that was being escorted by Officer Motchan and his partner, and when I was notified of the shooting, I remember having my fellow Officer, Officer Heinrich, handcuff our prisoner to the bed railing using three handcuffs, and I instructed Officer Heinrich to keep a close watch on our prisoner and I responded to the immediate search for the inmate that had obsconded immediately after killing Officer Motchan,,, we apprehended the murderer subsequently with the help of NYCPD and other Law Enforcement personnel.. I sill remember the Medical responders tried valiantly to save Officer Motchan’s live, to no avail,,,, first time I cried on the Job.

Officer Quiles
Rikers Island NYCCIFM C-76

November 12, 2019

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