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Name : Heaney, William B. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 2761 Command: 012 Pct.
Date of Death: 1913-05-03   Cause of Death: Shot-Arrest
 Patrolman Heaney was shot and killed after responding to the sounds of shots being fired on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. When Patrolman Heaney arrived, he found that the suspect had just murdered another man. The suspect shot and killed Patrolman Heaney as he approached.

Patrolman Teare was shot and wounded after responding to the same scene. When Patrolman Teare arrived, he observed a man with a smoking revolver and when he attempted to disarm the suspect, the suspect fired two shots wounding Patrolman Teare. Patrolman Teare was removed to St. Vincent's Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended several days later and sentenced to death. One June 21, 1916, only eight days before his execution date, someone smuggled a gun into him during a visit. In the early morning of June 22, 1916, the suspect called Guard Daniel McCarthy, of the New York State Department of Correctional Services, to his cell to bring him a slop bucket. When Guard McCarthy opened the cell door the suspect shot him to death, grabbed his keys, and escaped from the prison.

The man was arrested a short time later and returned to Sing Sing Prison. He was kept sedated until being executed in the electric chair on June 30, 1916.

Patrolman Heaney was assigned to the 12th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.
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Rest in peace brother.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 18, 2006, 10:46 am

According to a news clipping, dated May 4, 1914, ..."patrolman of the Mulberry street station, shot and killed on May 3, 1913, in fron tof No. 243 Mulberry street attempting to arrest Oresto Sciallitani, who had killed John Rizzo."
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 6:15 pm

There is an interesting NY Times article detailing the incident, dated June 15, 1913. The defendant's name is spelled "Shillitoni".
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 6:20 pm

Thank you for the kind thoughts for my great-grandfather, William Heaney. I am a Sergeant in the 100th Precinct and have been trying to find out more information about my great-granfather. I have been to the police museum but was unable to find anything new. Anyone who might be able to assist, it would be greatly appreciated! Sgt. Keith Burkitt 100 Pct.
— Keith Burkitt
Posted: January 4, 2009, 5:09 am

I came upon this story today by chance. Tragic series of events that began when a judge put John Rizzo back on the streets. RIP to Wm. Heaney & the other officers.
— Charles
Posted: June 28, 2012, 2:20 am

PO Heaney when everyone was fleeing from danger you ran into the danger, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace William
— Tommy
Posted: May 3, 2013, 5:44 am

I'm William Heaney's nephew,my father Joseph,was his brother and was himself on the NYPD.I retired from the NYC Transit Police and will attempt to contact Sgt.Burkitt.----Raymond Heaney
— Raymond Heaney
Posted: May 24, 2013, 12:38 am

To the relatives of the deceased patrolmen: My great-grandfather received a commendation from the DA at the time for his work in the investigation of Oresto Shillitoni. My hr-grandfather was a Det. Sgt. NYPD who worked in the Italian Squad post-Petrosino. An internet search will reveal a lot of information on the case. I have a treasure-trove of info from that period. I am retired LEO as well.
— Pat S
Posted: December 23, 2013, 7:58 pm

William we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 4, 2014, 4:13 pm

William we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 4, 2015, 6:18 am

Condolences to the Heaney family.This is directed to Pat S. my great grandfather was the lt that arrested oresto. i also have info from this time period.my son currently continues tradition in nypd
— Ed R
Posted: May 5, 2016, 9:52 am



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