Name : McCormick, John F. 

Rank: Sgt.

Shield #: 1900 Command: Bronx Narcotics
Date of Death: 1988-04-27   Cause of Death: Shot-Arrest
 Sergeant McCormick was shot accidentally and killed by a police bullet during a shootout between two officers and Mercedes Perez. Gunfire began when a team of officers executing a search warrant on Perez' Inwood apartment broke down the door. Sergeant McCormick who was among them was accidentally shot by another officer and died at the scene.

Mercedes Perez, 23, was charged in the April 27 death of Sgt. John F. McCormick, who died in the raid on her apartment at 24 Sickles St. in Washington Heights.

In the raid, Police Officer John Huvane struggled with Mercedes Perez, who was armed with a .38-cal. revolver. Perez, Huvane and his partner, Police Officer James Curran all fired shots. McCormick was standing in a doorway and was fatally wounded. Perez was shot in the liver and right arm. Neither Huvane nor Curran were wounded.

Sgt McCormick was in his final week of working with the NYPD - he had planned to retire the following week. He was 43 years old.
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Comments from Friends    
It was an honor to work with this fearless supervisor, I was also honored to carry his lifeless bosy from the scene. God Bless John McCormick, may he rest in peace.
— Sly Francis

As as a rookie investigator assigned to the Bronx Narcotics Division I had the pleasure of knowing and working with John. I'll always remember him with our team one day, going through a door on Rochambeau Ave. in the Bronx on a "buy and bust" getting my first "kilo" seizure ! A Cop's Cop, without a doubt, and truly missed by anyone who was working for him. God Bless.
— John Grenawalt

It was an honor to know John, and a bigger honor to consider him not just a co-worker but a friend also. We will talk about the "monk" forever. Rest in peace my friend. Rich Stone Scottsdale AZ
— Richard Stone

John McCormick was a wonderful man and a devoted father. I have many great memories of him and will never forget how great he was to me and my family. He was taken from this world too soon.
— k. reynolds

I worked with John in MSNA- he was always there for you- he told it like it was and enjoyed what he was doing- he was a friend and mentor- rest in peace my friend.
— Don Smith

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 7, 2006, 7:54 am

John and I worked in TPF together, where we first got our Detective shields. He was a great guy and a cop's cop. I consider myself lucky having known him. God Bless, John.
— Jim Burke
Posted: August 23, 2007, 1:15 pm

I lived in Inwood at the time & was coming home from high school on the bus. I was listening to my walkman & remember hearing the news that an officer was shot & killed on Sickles. I knew Sickles was a rat hole, well most of Inwood was (and still is). It's a shame that so many have given their lives. RIP Officer McCormick.
— Colleen
Posted: September 5, 2007, 12:20 pm

I remember working with John while a member of Manhattan South Narcotics, he was such a good boss and friend, he had a sharp wit and great sense of humor that made each day at work a pleasure. I was lucky to have worked under such a great man. Rest in Peace always.
— John Agugliaro Sgt. Ret
Posted: December 31, 2008, 12:23 am

RIP McCormick
— Bronx Irish
Posted: January 22, 2011, 1:55 pm

Sgt McCormick came victim to every cops nightmare , to come to the finish line to have and have tragic circumstance not let you cross. John you may have passed but you will never be forgotten . Rest in Peace
— Tommy Ret PO
Posted: April 27, 2013, 6:25 am

John we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: April 28, 2014, 4:30 am

I worked with John in MSNA he was a good boss and a great guy. He will always be remembered and never forgotten - RIP my old friend RIP.
— Robert Groth
Posted: November 26, 2014, 3:11 pm

There isn't a day that I don't think of you...You kept me downstairs with Bobby Y. That bottle of wine is still waiting...till we meet again.
— Domenick Gerardi
Posted: January 19, 2015, 5:50 pm

Alway on our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: April 20, 2015, 7:12 am

We had breakfast that morning at IHOP, me Sgt. McCormick and other members of the field team. John was talking about what he was going to do after he retires in a week. We were all so happy for him. He was such a wonderful human being. I only had five years on the job at the time and working for him was an honor. This was going to be his last search warrant before he hangs it up. Me and Detective Sly Francis attempted to get him to the hospital. We carried his lifeless body down five flights of stair, put him in an RMP and rushed him to the hospital. Since 04/27/1988, John has been looking over me. He is an angel in heaven with the lord. I think about him a lot. He gave his all for the City of New York and his team. The bible says, ďGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (john 15:13). God bless you John McCormick! I Thought of You Today I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new I thought about you yesterday and days before that too, I think of you in silence ...I often speak your name All I have are memories and your picture in a frame Your memory is my keepsake with which Iíll never part God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.
— Dennis Young
Posted: August 4, 2016, 4:38 pm



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