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Name : Cotter, Patrick 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 978 Command: 065 Pct.
Date of Death: 1913-08-04   Cause of Death: Shot-Arrest
     
 Patrolman Cotter, 27, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had just fired two shots at a female after a dispute. Patrolman Cotter was walking his beat in the vicinity of East 188th Street and Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, when he heard the sound of gunfire. Patrolman Cotter ran in the direction of the shots where he observed the suspect fleeing, with several citizens in pursuit.

Patrolman Cotter joined the chase and before long he was right on the heals of the suspect. In front of 2416 Hughes Avenue, Patrolman Cotter lifted his night stick to strike the suspect, but the suspect turned and fired two shots, striking Patrolman Cotter in the chest.

An off-duty Patrolman heard the shots and raced from his house, and was able to apprehend the suspect, who was later charged with murder.

Patrolman Cotter was removed to the hospital, but died before he arrived.

Patrolman Cotter had been a member of the New York City Police Department for 6 months and his Probationary period was to end in just six days. Before serving with the Police Department, Patrolman Cotter was a member of the United States Army.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
Rest in peace brother.
— JOM

May God watch over your soul.
— Phil S.

REST IN PEACE.
— sjs
Posted: December 15, 2006, 12:42 pm

According to a news clipping dated May 4, 1914, ..."probationary patrolman of the Bathgate avenue station. Killed Aug. 4, 1913, attempting to arrest a man who had shot a woman."
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 6:12 pm

Ptl Cotter you are a true blue PO you ran into the danger when a lot of guy would have slowly walked. You will never be forgotten Rest in Peace Patrick.
— Tommy
Posted: August 3, 2013, 8:14 am

!00 years since your tragic death ...R.I.P. A true hero
— Chad Rafferty
Posted: August 6, 2013, 12:51 am

Patrick we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: August 5, 2014, 7:14 am

Patrick you passed to early. We continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: August 11, 2015, 8:12 am

 


 

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