Name : Rafferty, Patrick 

Rank: Det.

Shield #: 6793 Command: 067 Detective Squad
Date of Death: 2004-09-10   Cause of Death: Shot
 Detective Robert Parker and Detective Patrick Rafferty were shot dead on a Brooklyn street in an exchange of gunfire with a man who had been menacing his mother inside her home, police said.

The detectives were responding to a domestic violence call at about 8:40 p.m. in the East Flatbush section when they were fatally shot at close range. Detective Robert Parker, was hit twice in the chest and twice in the right leg. Detective Patrick Rafferty, was also hit twice in the chest. A third bullet pierced his right leg and entered his left thigh.

Detective Rafferty squeezed off one round, hitting Mr. Legere in the left foot and right ankle. The suspect carjacked a minivan and fled the scene, police said. He was captured less than two hours later, police said.

The bullets that hit the two detectives were fired from Detective Parker's 9-millimeter Glock pistol, which the police say Mr. Legere wrested away from him. But it was still not clear precisely how Mr. Legere had gotten hold of the gun. Police found the detective?s gun behind the building where Legere was found.

The detectives were not wearing bullet-resistant vests, police said. Detectives, who wear street clothes, don't routinely wear the vests, though they are mandatory for uniformed officers.

The suspect, Marlon Legere, had a criminal history including arrests for alleged narcotics possession, grand larceny and assault but was not wanted for any major crimes at the time of the shooting, police said. Police said it was not immediately clear why he had opened fire on the two detectives, who were partners.

Detective Rafferty, a 15 year veteran of the force was a married father of 3.

From: DCPI
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 6:13 PM
Subject: Statement by Commissioner Kelly

"At Mayor Bloomberg's request, Detective Robert Parker and Detective Patrick Rafferty were posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective, First Grade. The promotions are in recognition of their service to the citizens of New York City and their selfless dedication to duty. These two men made the ultimate sacrifice and we will never forget them."

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
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Comments from Friends    
I worked with Pat in the QS Street Crime Unit for 2 years. I can not begin to tell you what a brave and courageous Police Officer he was. He was doing what he loved, fighting crime and taking guns off the streets. When he was promoted to Detective, it was truly one of the most well deserved promotions I had ever seen. Pat was a good man and I was lucky to have known him. The world is a poorer place without him in it.
— (ret) Sgt Gregory Kelly

My uncle Patrick was the greatest person God could have ever shared with us. He was always good for a laugh or two even if you were haveing like the worst day of your life he could make you laugh.I thanks God for the time I shared with my uncle and it is very sad to no longer be able to do so. I will never forget my uncle Pat. God blessed us all with the time we got to spend with uncle Patrick, and he will be loved and missed by us always.
— Monica Sweeney

I knew Rafferty in high school. Not well?we didn't go to the same school?but I knew him. He was a decent guy and incredibly loyal to his friends.
— Taylor Mali

Leaving on a JET PLANE, DONT KNOW WHEN ILL BE Back AGAIN, Oh BABE I Hate To GO,I miss you Buddy,He knows the rest,
— Vicki

Formerly from West Islip Long Island, I will riding in honor of Det. Rafferty in the 2005 Police Unity Tour. "Nothing is easy. Nothing good is free but I can tell you where to start There's an answer in your heart Take a look inside your heart Fight the good fight every moment Every minute, every day Fight the good fight moment Make it worth the price we pay"
— Det. John Carney

Patrick was a great guy, great dad and fun neighbor. We lived next door to Rafferty family and had some great times and laughs with them. Still can't believe it's real. Never thought we'd be thinking of him everyday like we do. Seems like yesterday he was wearing his cowboy hat, hawaiin shirt basting that pig! Great memories will stay forever. He's missed by us all and left a great gap on Green. We'll be here for the long haul to make sure Eileen and the kids have the help they need. Good people, very sad.
— Doris Kennedy

Patrick is my brother inlaw and more importantly my friend.There isn't a day that goes by when I don't think of him. I know that he is in a good place and wondering what all the fuss is about. He was a great son, brother, husband, and friend to us all. Everytime I hear certain country songs, I think of Patrick. He loved nothing more than having his family and friends around and having a good time which always included lots of music. I know we will meet again some day.
— Sean Munroe

Not a day goes by that we don't think about you. May God bless you and your family.

— Flynn Munroe

I feel my little brother inside me everday. In the way I talk,walk, move and think. I always thought we were so different we were not. My heart aches, I miss you so much Paddy. "Mo Chuisle"
— Brian Rafferty

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:50 am

As my uncle and my GodFather, Patrick was/is someone who i have always looked up to and admired. He never judged anyone and always gave his love and support no matter what the situation. I only hope one day to be half the man he was, as a friend,husband and father. You are always in my thoughts
— Evan Rafferty
Posted: January 12, 2007, 9:49 am

Dear Paddy,Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday.A day does not go by that I don't think about you.Miss you so much.Know you are all ways around. Your boys in Blue are taking great care of your love ones . God Bless them all. You must have gotten a good laugh at me and Frank missing that deer.Always in my prayers, Love your Brother Dennis
— Dennis Rafferty
Posted: February 16, 2007, 7:57 am

Uncle Pat, Happy Birthday! I think of you always and miss you so much. I regret everyday not being here to say goodbye and I hope you understand. My tags are still for you because you are my hero. I love you so much!
— M
Posted: February 16, 2007, 4:05 pm

Paddy, I can't believe its been 3 years. I think of you everyday and miss our talks,sneaking a smoke from Eileen and Josie,and our hunting time. Love you Paddy.
— Rob
Posted: September 9, 2007, 9:06 pm

I worked with Pat Rafferty as a rookie in Midtown South, both on patrol and in SNEU. Rafferty was a great guy and is missed. Rest in Peace Pat.
Posted: November 26, 2007, 8:18 pm

Paddy, Four years ago tomorrow you were taken from us. I miss you very much and think of you many times a day. Since Josie and I moved the kids to NH I have thought how much you would like it here. I haven't hunted since I took Dennis,Frank,Bo and Billy up to Maine for the snowshoes in 2005. Haven't really wanted to hunt without you. Stephanie is showing alot of interest and shooting a bow really well. I miss our hunting trips, our talks and the ever present harrassment that was either given or gotten when one of us missed a shot. Love ya Paddy. ps-haven't had a smoke in two years buddy,amazing huh !!!
— Rob
Posted: September 9, 2008, 1:51 pm

I can't believe it has been four years since the terrible tragedy. The entire family including those whom never got the chance to meet you face to face miss you very much.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2008, 3:00 pm

even though i never got to meet Patrick Rafferty, my friend whos uncle was Patrick told me great things about him. even though he wasn't my uncle, i was very sad when I got the news and did everything within my power to comfort my friend who had lost his uncle
— Alex Daley
Posted: October 9, 2008, 11:59 am

I went to highschool with Raff. We graduated with 650 people and he surely stood out. He was a great guy . He used to take steaming cold showers after football practice just to freak people out. He was a bit like Jim Carrey funny. Raff, thanx for teaching me about defensive holding everyday in practice.
— Tom Moran
Posted: December 2, 2008, 4:01 pm

Paddy so you and Billy are back together again working a new beat. Billy thanks for everything you did for our family . Paddy Happy Birthday. Say Hi to Mom ,always in my Heart.Love and miss you all. Will try harder you know what I mean. Dennis
— Dennis Rafferty
Posted: February 10, 2009, 5:58 pm

Pat just a note that today your are in my thoughts. For me it is a special day. Since the first time that we met and cracked 1 open it was great to know you as a friend and a 67 Squad guy. You have left an impression on me not only from work but also with your family values. Rest in peace brother.
— Dennis P. Murphy
Posted: April 7, 2009, 7:28 am

I know you Patrick through your Mom in-law. We talk of you all the time-I feel like I know you. Your wife, Eileen and children are doing fine. The NYPD is watching out for them. You are in my prayers every day. With love, Jean
— Jean Riordan
Posted: April 28, 2009, 8:02 am

Paddy, Its the eve of your fifth anniversary in heaven and I am missing you as much today as I did the night you were taken from us. I miss the friendship that we had and the fact that I could talk to you about anything at any time. You are in my thoughts everyday and I see the signs you send. Thanks. I wish we could have taken that last hunting trip we talked about. Of all the great times we had, I enjoyed our hunting trips most of all. I'l be taking Stephanie out for turkey soon, how about pushing one our way. By the way, 3 years without a cigarette, Paddy!! Who would have thought that was possible. I love you and miss you Paddy. Keep the signs coming. Love, Rob
— Rob
Posted: September 9, 2009, 9:41 pm

Today is the fifth anniversary of the terrible tragedy. You are missed everyday and every second by your family and friends including the family and friends you never knew existed.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2009, 4:30 pm

I had the Honor of meeting you once and I guess anyone who had contact with you felt you had something special. Even through the year's that have past we will "Never Let Your Memory Be Forgotten". The World has a loss it can never recover. We will meet again some day. Thank you for your service to All. With All My Respect, J.J. Nyman NYPD (Retired)
— Det. James Nyman
Posted: December 16, 2009, 9:51 am

Never forgot seeing the story on the news after I retired.. You will never be forgotten. RIP Retired PO Hugh DIver Midtown South
— Hugh Diver
Posted: March 5, 2010, 10:27 am

It's hard to believe that today is the sixth anniversary of your tragic death. Your memory shall live on forever with your family and friends.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2010, 12:30 pm

I didn't know Patrick that well, he worked for a very short time for a Real Estate company I worked for back in the early 80's. However he was always with a smile and a laugh. I know one of his brothers well and was so happy and proud to learn he became a police officer with the NYPD. I am so proud of our Police, Firefighters, SWAT, etc. and to know that Patrick is one of the elite teams watching over us on earth and now watching over us in heaven is so comforting. Patrick,God Bless You and all you've done in making us safe.
— Darian Mark
Posted: June 22, 2011, 6:11 pm

I know it wasn't long that I already wrote to Patrick, but I was watching something on TV and Patrick just popped in my head and heart where he has always been since that awful night. I just felt a need to say hello again and to tell him I know he's watching over us and keeping us safe as he always had done. I'm only sorry I didn't get to know you better but I'm richer for knowing you at all. Peace to you Patrick. D.
— Darian Ann Mark
Posted: October 20, 2011, 8:39 pm

I can't believe how time flies. It has now been 8 years since the terrible tragedy. You are missed 100% of the time by your family, friends and colleagues.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2012, 12:55 pm

Pat, I'll never forget the day as long as I live. I tell the story proudly because of you. I was a rookie in MTS my 2nd day on the street and ended up making a collar. Being a rookie and having no clue I sat down in the arrest room next to a guy who called me "Rookie". Pat was that guy and he helped me with everything from fingerprints to the transport down town. On that particular arrest Pat asked me to volunteer to do prisoner escorts with him for overtime. Never forget how hot it was in the 90's. We ended up at the 34 PCT. in Harlem and picked up an entire Van of working girls we aptly called "PROSS". Making a long story short that was the first of many transports that evening we both made 15 hours overtime , ended up in court that morning to finish up. I'll never forget how much Pat helped me that day, I listened to everything he said to me "LIKE A GOOD ROOKIE" LOL. Pat was street smart and a great guy. Being a rookie I had No money and Pat bought me breakfast from a small luncheonette blocks from the WTC. We talked about his family and mine, his wife and I believe at the time Pat only had 2 children. About how he loved Duck hunting with his partner Bob And his Black Lab Dog he had . Getting to know Pat over the years we would break each others chops, calling Pat Jim Carey and him calling me "Rookie" which seemed to stay with me as long as I knew him. Pat was a great Guy, he took care of me that day and treated me like he knew me for years. He helped me through a tough day and was always there to volunteer at PCT. functions and whatever anyone needed he was there to help. I'll miss him and I will never forget the day you "Bought Me Breakfast" and helped me through one of a Police Officers most difficult days, his first arrest. We became good friends. We'll all miss you Pat. I think about you a lot. "SECTOR ADAM" -- Joe S.
— Joe S
Posted: September 4, 2013, 11:25 am

Det Rafferty. Whenever I had to go up in the squad you always lent a hand. You were the first to go out the dorr if someone needed you. You will never be forgotten. Pat rest in Peace and you are always in my prayers.
— Tommy
Posted: September 10, 2013, 6:38 am

It's hard to believe that it has now been 9 years since the terrible tragedy, We all miss you every day.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2013, 8:15 pm

Officer Rafferty when i grow up i want to become a cop. Life long dream. I'm willing to make the ultimate sacrifice like you . I believe that every detectives shoud wear vest let's put a vote to that . Even without a vest you still manage to respond to the scene and sadly paid the price. Your wife and your kids will always remember you. You will always be in their hearts. Rest in peace. Heaven has a wonderful angel. May god bless your entire family and friends.
— Jason Mesidor
Posted: January 12, 2014, 1:05 am

Officer Rafferty when i grow up i want to become a cop. Life long dream. I'm willing to make the ultimate sacrifice like you . I believe that every detectives shoud wear vest let's put a vote to that to the police comissioner. Even without a vest you still manage to respond to the scene and sadly paid the price. Your wife and your kids will always remember you. You will always be in their hearts. Rest in peace. Heaven has a wonderful angel. May god bless your entire family and friends.
— Jason Mesidor
Posted: January 12, 2014, 1:10 am

Just wanted to day a quick hello and let you know I was thinking about you.
— Evan Rafferty
Posted: January 12, 2014, 9:27 pm

Ten years this September that you will be gone. When you were killed, my cousin Mary Murray knew that I was in Medjuorje and I asked that I pray for you, your wife Eileen and your family. Today on April 27th I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk and what should be at the start of the run but the Det. Patrick Rafferty boat from the NYPD Harbor unit. I was able to take some photos of the boat and text them to my cousin Mary. Your boat was on the move a lot following the runners and walkers through lower Manhattan. As someone with with four family members on the NYPD, I know to always say I love you and have a safe tour before they leave for work. Your family misses you so much. Wish that I had the opportunity to meet you before you were taken too soon. Rest in peace Det. Patrick Rafferty
— Rosemary McKenna
Posted: April 27, 2014, 7:42 pm

Pat, I was assigned to your funeral detail. I remember how hard it was to keep my composure. When we stopped in front of your house and you dog was there waiting it spoke volumes of what a great person you are. I think of you and Bobby everyday. I was assigned to your family for the Honor Legion Induction. The are some of the nicest people I ever met. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: September 8, 2014, 7:16 am

As we approach the tenth anniversary of Pat's murder, I want to acknowledge his service, and the life he gave in that service, to the city he loved. G-d bless his entire family. A special thanks also to his wife Eileen, who has given so much to the C.O.P.S. organization. You are a true inspiration to the families of our slain brothers and sisters everywhere.
— Daniel Sosnowik
Posted: September 8, 2014, 9:51 am

It has now been 10 years or 3,652 days, 521 weeks plus 5 days, 87,648 hours, 5,258,880 minutes, 315,532,800 seconds since this terrible tragedy happened. We all miss you no matter what the time measurement happens to be.
— David Mahady
Posted: September 10, 2014, 8:35 am

Happy Birthday brother miss u so much love Dennis
— Dennis Rafferty
Posted: February 14, 2015, 5:24 pm



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