Incident Summary:

1/25/1970: Responding to what authorities believe was a fake report to lure police to Manhattan, New York, United States, Patrolmen William Kivlehan and Ralph Bax were shot at from a rooftop by unknown perpetrators after they got out of their car. Officer Kivlehan was shot five times and Officer Bax was shot three times. Both officers survived.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity New York Police Department
Specific Description New York Police Officers responding to a call in Harlem
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Nine thirty-caliber cartridges from a carbine and eleven nine-millimeter shells
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Police do not believe that this attack was related to the shooting of a police officer in Queens hours later (197001260003).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
Martin Arnold, "Harlem Area Sealed Off As Police Hunt Snipers," New York Times, January 27, 1970.
"2 Policemen Wounded by Sniper Fire," New York Times, January 26, 1970.