Officials announced the death of a New York City police officer who was shot in the head during a failed heist and spent more than three decades in a vegetative condition.
Detective Troy Patterson, who was not working when he was shot on January 16, 1990, passed away on Saturday, according to Detectives Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo, who announced on Monday.
Three young guys approached Patterson while cleaning his car on a Brooklyn street and demanded $20 from him, according to the police. Patterson was shot by a robber who was 15 years old.
According to news sources, Patterson sustained a terrible injury and spent the ensuing 33 years in a vegetative condition, however, his supporters clung to the belief that he would one day regain awareness.
More than 30 years after the incident, NYPD Assistant Chief Judith Harrison stated that she was “hoping for a miracle” at a vigil for Patterson last year.
According to DiGiacomo, who paid a visit to the wounded investigator while receiving treatment, Patterson might answer with bodily gestures.
Patterson, a patrolman shot when he was 27 years old, was later promoted to detective.
He was a highly esteemed officer in the NYPD, according to DiGiacomo. “He will be sorely missed.”
On Twitter, police commissioner Keechant Sewell wrote: “The NYPD mourns his loss and extends our continued support to his family & friends.”
According to DiGiacomo, the three would-be robbers were sentenced to prison for offenses connected to the shooting and have since been let go.