Patrolman Otto W. Motz

Patrolman Otto W. Motz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 19, 1922

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Otto W. Motz

Patrolman Otto Motz was shot and killed by a prisoner inside the 37th Precinct station house (present-day 28th Precinct).

Patrolman Motz was in the station house with a suspect he had arrested. He removed his coat and handed his revolver to another officer and entered the cell area to attend to his prisoner, who was being seen by a doctor. While in the cell area, another officer brought in a prisoner who was crazed.

Patrolman Motz finished with his prisoner and was exiting the cell area. The officer that was holding his revolver began to hand it back to him, when the second prisoner jumped up, took hold of the gun, put it to the head of Patrolman Motz and fired.

After killing Patrolman Motz, the prisoner attempted to open fire, but the revolver failed to fire. Officers ran from all over the station house to the cell area, where it took seven officers to subdue the suspect.

Patrolman Motz was assigned to the 38th Precinct, the present day 32nd Precinct. His wife and daughter survived him.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5110

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Rest in peace Patrolman Motz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2020

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