1/18/20 Gangsters on the Dyckman Strip: 1931 Shootout Makes National Headlines


 “The final battle in which the bandits were killed was in front of 146 Dyckman Street.  Here the bandits were overtaken in a taxicab driven by William Nugent and occupied by Patrolman Albert Walker of the Thirtieth Precinct, Patrolman Albert Morrell of Traffic Squad H and Detective William Kiley.   The two patrolmen and the detective, standing on the running board of Nugent’s cab and using the car as a barricade, shot it out with the thugs.    


Judge Castigates Holdup Man  Who Shot  Police Officer

       County Judge Samuel J. last November 27, meted out a twotity to thirty year prison term.  P. had robbed a diner ^ and a tavern, seven ■ months before. The >■ tlni,t;'s partner received a thirty-five to sixty year term lor having shot Patrolman John Smith, I 41st Precinct, in the chest during f the tavern hold-up.


      "Anyone who dares to lay a finger on a policeman can expect no mercy," Judge Joseph said.  "I give notice to all thugs and bandits that they will he dealt with to the limit of the law if they resist or harm the police."

      Last April 28, Patrolman Smith was walking past the tavern while the robbery was in progress and saw the bartender with his hands raised.  He intercepted the bandits as they rushed out but one of them managed to strike him in the face with a gun and, as the officer fell, fired a bullet into his body.  Despite his wound, which came within a fraction of an inch of the patrolman's heartSmith managed to regain his feet and succeeded in knocking the weapon from his assailant's hand with the night baton.  Although the thugs escaped, they were subsequently captured by other officers.

      Branding the gun-toter as "the lowest and most vicious of all criminals,"  Judge Joseph said that "only an act of God had .saved the life of Patrolman Smith."   

"Detective Daggett" — Police Launch

      ON December 3, police launch No. 13 was officially commissioned and added to the department's fleet. The new  boat was christened the "Detective James L. Daggett" in memory of the late detective who lost his life in the performance of  police duty on September 11, 1951.  Detective was killed in an arson blast while effecting the arrest of three suspected burglars.      


      The "Detective James L. Daggett" is specifically designed for patrol and rescue problems in and around Jamaica Bay  which is frequented by thousands of fishing and boating enthusiasts throughout the year. It is a flat-bottomed, tunnelled stern crash boat, 32 feet in length, with a speed of twenty knots and a carrying capacity of thirty persons.  The launch will be based at the head of Barbadoes Basin, near Idlewild Airport.    


      The "Detective Daggett" is the first police launch to be named after a policeman killed in the line of duty.   All others  were named after policemen who were killed while serving with the Armed Forces.    


PATROLMEN Henry Kronin and Joseph Lynch, 26th Precinct

      l>e-came gold prospectors last January 9, when thoy inv(^stifrate(l a car parked at 93th .Street, off the West Side Highway.  As the officers approached,  a package was tossed out of the car and over the retaining wall.  


      Two men and a woman were in the car.  Patrolman Kronin ordered the driver out for questioning while Patrolman Lvnch peered over the wall In the automobile, the officers found fifteen, paper wrapped packages. Each contained a bar of gold, some of which were marked "U. S. Assay Office, Fine." The sixteenth package  which had been thrown over the wall was also recovered, and the entire seizure weighed 1,180 ounces


      PATROLMAN JOSEPH E. MAHON and his mother, Mrs. Jessie Mahon (left) look on as his wife, Jeanne receives the cash award from Commissioner Monaghan. The Mahon children, Joseph, held by Mrs. Mahon, and William, on the arm of the Commissioner, are wide-eyed at the goings on.

       T_riS selection as the winner of the Journal-American ■'■ -*∙ Public Protector Award for November helped to insure a merry Christmas season for Patrolman Joseph E. Mahon, 25th Precinct. On Saturday, December 8, in the presence of Mahon's mother, Mrs. Jessie Mahon ; his wife,Jeanne, and their two children Joseph III, 3, and William 2, Police Commissioner George P. Monaghan made the presentation at Police Headquarters.

       Mahon was on post at about midnight last November 9, in the vicinity of 123rd Street and Madison Avenue, when he heard gunfire. Going in the direction of the shots, he was told that three men had fired at another in a Madison Avenue apartment house and had then raced away on foot. Mahon took off after them and came upon the trio near the 125th Street Station of the New York Central Railroad. He called upon them to surrender, whereupon one pulled a gun and another, a knife. At that moment two plainclothes officers happened on the scene. The first knocked down the gun toter and disarmed him, while Mahon grappled with and subdued the felon with the knife. The third man surrendered' timidly.

       Interrogation at the station house disclosed that the three were drug addicts, who had broken into the apartment looking for money and narcotics. They had fired at the occupant of the apartment when he protested that he had neither.

        Patrolman Mahon, a member of the force for two years, lives with his family at 250 East 180th Street, Bronx. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater as an aerial gunner in the Marine Corps.

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