NEW YORK, NY – It was a hot summer night on July 22, 1922, when a group of thieves tried to rob a warehouse in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Patrolman Arthur Loewe of the Fifth Avenue station responded to the scene and engaged in a gun battle with four armed robbers.
The late-night incident ended with him being shot and rushed to the hospital. There, he was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was treated for peritonitis. With his brothers by his side, he passed away that morning.
One of the gunmen, John “Liverpool Jack” Walsh died from shots fired by Loewe. Walsh had been in and out of prison, serving 36 years in total in his 66 years. Walsh was rushed to the hospital, where he died before police could interrogate him.
Loewe was an ex-pilot and plumber who joined the NYPD.
This week, the city recognized Patrolman Loewe’s ultimate sacrifice to protect the city by renaming the corner of 74th and 4th Street in Brooklyn in his name. He was 26 years old at the time of his death.