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Official Line of Duty Deaths

John P. Finnegan

John Finnegan

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 1613

Command: 070 Detective Squad

Date of Death: 05/18/1962

Cause of Death: Shot - Robbery

Detective Fallon and Finnegan were on patrol duty when they learned of a robbery at a tobacco shop at 1167 48th Street, Brooklyn.  As they entered the shop, they were met by gunfire from the guns of three suspects who were in the middle of robbing the store.  Both Detective Fallon and Detective Finnegan were killed instantly.


The suspects fled, but were all later apprehended.  One suspect was acquitted.  The other two suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.  Their death sentences were commuted to life in prison by Governor Rockefeller in 1966.  One suspect died in prison and the second was the state’s longest held prisoner until his death in 2009.


Detective Finnegan had served with the New York City Police Department for six years.  He was survived by his wife and two children.  Both detectives were assigned to the 70th Detective Squad.


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