Name : Kennedy, William J. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 12322 Command: 010 Pct.
Date of Death: 1993-10-15   Cause of Death: Shot
 Patrolman Kennedy died from a gunshot wound he received 42 years earlier.

On February 6, 1952 Patrolman Kennedy and his partner were assigned to bring an emotionally disturbed person to Bellevue Hospital. While in the hospital, the man grabbed a chair and struck a third patrolman with it. During the scuffle that ensued, the man was able to gain control of one of the patrolman's service weapons. He fired all six rounds from it, wounding Patrolman Kennedy.

The other officers were able to take the suspect into custody. He was charged with murder.

Patrolman Kennedy lived over 42 years with extremely disabling injuries which eventually caused his death. The case was ruled a homicide and reopened by the 10th Precinct Detective Squad.

Patrolman Kennedy was 30 years old at the time of the incident and was assigned to the 10 Precinct.

FYI: For statistical reasons the case was reopened and closed as what is called an "Exceptional Clearance". That's a Detective Bureau term for cases in which the perp for one reason or another will not be prosecuted. Usually this is used when the perp is DOA.
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Comments from Friends    
I saw your face the first day I arrived at the 10th pct in the early 90's. Your picture is still there, your 10th pct family will not forget you. LNP

You are not forgotten.
— Mick O

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:24 am

Ptl Kennedy, you lived a rough life. You put it all on the line for NYC and live for 42 years with the constant reminder. You may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace William J . we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: October 15, 2013, 5:48 am

Well pop, you have been in heaven for 20 years today but it still feels like we just lost you yesterday. You will always be my hero. Love you and we will all meet again in heaven. Your son, Don
— Don Kennedy
Posted: October 15, 2013, 9:42 am

William we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: October 18, 2014, 7:24 pm

Officer Kennedy may you Rest in Peace knowing your son Don, that I had the pleasure of working with, was a credit to the Dept. He worked for 40 years and was a true professional. Godspeed..
— Ray W.
Posted: December 22, 2014, 2:55 pm



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