Name : King, Carlos 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 2005 Command: Transit District 2
Date of Death: 1976-12-20   Cause of Death: Shot-Off Duty Robbery
     
 On December 20, 1976, PO Carlos King of the New York City Transit Police Department was killed in the line of duty, as he worked off duty driving a taxi cab.

The 36 year old patrolman was working as a medallion cab driver while on vacation, and was found on a quiet Queens Village street of one-family homes, the apparent victim of a robbery.

King?s shield was out indicating he had attempted to take police action. The murderer was later arrested.

The off-duty transit patrolman, Carlos King of South Floral Park, L.I., was described as an excellent officer and hardworking family man. His wife, Evangeline, and two sons, aged 15 and 11, survive.

According to Lieut. Thomas Ahearn of the 16th Homicide Zone, the Squad Commander at the time, King had been driving cabs off duty for 10 years and was found slumped behind the wheel by a neighborhood resident in front 107-17 Monterey Street. He had been shot twice, once in the neck and once in the face.

His revolver was still in its holster.

Police officers summoned to the scene shortly after 5 A.M. found his revolver still in its holster and his shield and identification card laying next him. His empty wallet had been dropped on the floor between his feet, but 22 single dollar bills remained in his shirt pocket.

Lieutenant Ahearn also said at the time that the street where the crime was committed ended in a schoolyard about half a block away and that it was not uncommon for would be robbers to lure cab drivers to dead-end streets in areas unknown to them. He said that while the neighborhood was generally quiet, it had been troubled by "a couple of bad youth gangs" for some time.

PO King had been assigned to plainclothes duty with a Queens based Transit Police command. He had earned six commendations during his 12 years on the force, including one distinguished-duty medal for disarming a knife-wielding man on a subway train.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
CARLOS, YOU JUST WANTED TO MAKE A LIVING FOR YOUR FAMILY. (TWO JOBS)SUCH A SHAME EVEN 30 YEARS AGO YOU NEEDED A SECOND JOB TO AFFORD YOUR FAMILY. GOD HELP THE ROOKIES!!!! THANK YOU CARLOS KING!
— penelope

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 17, 2006, 8:55 am

Carlos was my best friend in the Police Academy. Our families met, we enjoyed good times together. He was a great cop and a good man. I pray for him, always.
— Peter E. Malchiodi
Posted: October 8, 2009, 4:28 pm

Carlos always had a smile for you,what a great person and friend he was.
— Frank Vespoli
Posted: January 10, 2010, 10:58 pm

Carlos and I worked together in Dist 2. He had the steady post of 125th St and Lexington Ave on the 4x12 I would releive him on the 12x8 shift. I remember how proud he was when he bought his house andwanted to plant some trees. One night I went to relieve him and he had the new leather jacket uniform on. I commented that he looked sharp but he said that it didnt fit right. I asked to try it on and I bought it that night. I still have that leather jacket and it often reminds me of Carlos and the fine men on the TPD. REST in PEACE Carlos.
— Ret. P.O. J.C. DeLuca
Posted: February 2, 2010, 4:44 pm

I worked with Carlos in District 2 and had the pleasure of knowing him. He was always a happy go lucky guy willing to assist to new officers and the public. I will always rember Carlos.
— Juan Caban
Posted: February 5, 2010, 10:40 am

I came on the job with Carlos in July 1964. Worked with him in District 2 until 1970. The term "street wise" was coined for him yet the streets still claimed the life of a great cop and a great guy.
— Bob Marks
Posted: February 9, 2010, 7:50 pm

It was an honor to know & work with Ptl. Carlos King, a darned good cop and special human being. Rest In Peace, my friend.
— Det. Ret. Lou Cruz
Posted: October 30, 2010, 9:32 am

I would love to know more about this case. What happened in Court? Did the killer get convicted and did he get the sentence he deserved for the murder of such a hero cop and family man. Doing two tough jobs like he did must have made Carlos a very special kind of guy.
— steve
Posted: October 24, 2013, 4:26 am

PO King, you worked part time to give your family and yourself a better life. Lt Vinny DeMarino and and Lt Fluffy when assigned to the TPD academy in service training made sure all the Transit cops who came through knew your and all the other Transit Cops who passed in the line of duty stories. You at time did an almost impossible job, you kept the public safe without the proper equipment. Yet a coward killed you while doing a second job. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Carlos, we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: December 20, 2013, 5:13 am

 


 

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