Officer Wallie Howard was shot and killed during an undercover drug investigation. Officer Howard was working with the Central New York DEA Task Force. At about 2:30 p.m. on October 30th, 1990 he was preparing to purchase a large amount of cocaine for $42,000 in cash. Officer Howard was alone and seated in the front passenger seat of a car in a supermarket parking lot when the two suspects approached. One suspect was armed with a .22 caliber handgun. He climbed into the driver’s seat of Officer Howard’s car while second suspect walked to the passenger side window carrying a .357 revolver. The first suspect pulled his gun. As he did so, Officer Howard reached for his own firearm. The second suspect, standing outside the car, fired once, striking Officer Howard in the head at point-blank range. In the seconds before he was shot Officer Howard was able to fire his weapon twice, striking and wounding the first suspect. Both suspects attempted to flee the scene but were immediately apprehended by back-up officers. Officer Howard died at 8:15pm that evening without regaining consciousness. Officer Howard’s 16 year-old killer was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2020. The other suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He was eligible for parole in 2015. Officer Howard had served for nine years with the agency. He is survived by his mother, fiancee, and two children.
Officer Weiskotten was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver while attempting to stop a speeding car. Officer Weiskotten was survived by his wife and child, and his parents and brother.
Officer Considine was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the scene of a fire on Hiawatha Boulevard. The suspect fled the scene and drove to a local saloon after a striking Officer Considine. He was arrested a short time later.
Officer Jarmacz died after falling from a moving paddy wagon while struggling with a suspect. He was attempting to keep the suspect from escaping when he fell from the vehicle on East Genesee Street.
Police Officer Andrew Wolfrom succumbed to injuries sustained six months earlier while attempting to protect a fellow officer who was being attacked by a mob of rioting strikers. Officer Wolfrom had served with the Syracuse Police Department for 24 years. He was survived by his wife.
Officer English was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Hiawatha Boulevard and Van Rensselaer Street.
Officer Hannon was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at a pharmacy. He was walking his beat, checking business doors, when he noticed that one of the doors was open. He immediately went to the closest call box and called for assistance. He then returned to the store and arrested one of the suspects as the man came out of the store. During the arrest a second suspect opened fire on Officer Hannon, striking him in the elbow. Despite being wounded Officer Hannon recorded the license plate number of the fleeing car. The two suspects were apprehended as a result. Officer Hannon suffered a heart attack while undergoing corrective surgery six weeks later. Officer Hannon had served with the Syracuse Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his wife.
Officer Caldwell was killed in a motorcycle accident while attempting to stop a speeding vehicle. Another vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle at the intersection of Lodi Street and Court Street. Officer Caldwell was able to avoid colliding with that vehicle but struck another vehicle.
Officer Near was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with a suspect in a local restaurant on Genesee Street. Officer Near has responded to the scene to investigate reports of a drunk and disorderly patron. As Officer Near and the subject struggled, the suspect’s brother grabbed Officer Near’s service weapon from its holster shot him. The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison on March 5, 1923.
Officer Griffin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Park Avenue and Lakeview Avenue. The suspected driver and the car’s occupants were apprehended following the incident.
Detective Harvey was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest two suspected burglars. Detective Harvey was in the act of making the arrest when one of the suspects turned around and drew a revolver. He then shot Detective Harvey in the head, killing him instantly. The two suspects were chased by several citizens who apprehended one suspect and turned him over to the police. The suspect was convicted of Detected Harvey’s murder and executed on May 14, 1894. Detective Harvey had served with the Syracuse Police Department for 24 years. He has previously served as chief of the agency.