Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.

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“I was shot at a dozen times… I was trying to lock a guy up for a gun, he dragged me into a hallway, I spent 5 minutes trying to fight that gun out of his hands. He had it in my mouth twice, I had nothing left, I drew my own gun and fired twice… and I was nearly indicted for murder…” said retired NYPD Detective Micheal O’Keefe. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.

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Profiles In Courage - Shot To Pieces - Retired NYPD Detective Michael O'Keefe.
(Photo from Michael O’Keefe. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.)

During his career he was shot at a dozen times. In one particular arrest the suspect tried to kill him. During the life or death battle over a gun, he was forced to shoot the suspect, who died from the injuries. The reaction from the Mayor at the time, and the news media reports led to riots. Politicians pursued a homicide investigation against Michael, who was eventually cleared by a Grand Jury.

Profiles In Courage - Shot To Pieces - Retired NYPD Detective Michael O'Keefe.
(Photo of book cover from Michael O’Keefe. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.)

From his website, Michael O’Keefe is a retired 1st Grade Detective from the NYPD. For twenty-four years, he worked in the toughest neighborhoods in New York, specializing in investigating Homicides and other violent crime. He was born and raised on the mean streets described in his fiction. His characters and settings are drawn from the people he encountered there—on both sides of the law. Shot to Pieces is his first novel. He is presently near completion on two others. He lives on Long Island with his family.

Michael’s book SHOT TO PIECES Is the story of NYPD 1 st Grade Detective Padraig Joseph Durr. Durr is a brilliant detective, but he is his own worst enemy.

Profiles In Courage - Shot To Pieces - Retired NYPD Detective Michael O'Keefe.
(Photo from Michael O’Keefe. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.)

Detective Padraig Durr catches a brutal drug-related street assassination in Brooklyn. There are overtones of a possible gang war. The Police Department and the city government would like to ignore it. Only Durr and his partners seem to want to solve it. As Paddy fights through the obstruction and outright incompetence within his own department, he is on the verge of an emotional and psychological breakdown. After a lifetime of self destructiveness, fueled by a childhood of abuse and sexual exploitation, Durr is walking the razor’s edge between sanity and despair. In peril of losing his family, he has brought his personal life to the brink of ruin.

On September 10, 1992, the New York Times, published a news article about a Grand Jury clearing Police Officer Michael O’Keefe in the shooting death of Jose Garcia.

Profiles In Courage - Shot To Pieces - Retired NYPD Detective Michael O'Keefe.
(Newspaper photo from New York Times. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.)

The article stated, “A Manhattan judge has ruled that the city has to pay $170,600 to the family of a slain drug dealer whose infamous shooting by police touched off riots in Washington Heights. Patrick Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called the decision and the award “a disgrace. The shooting happened July 3, 1992. In a move that infuriated the NYPD, then-Mayor David Dinkins consoled Garcia’s family, and the city paid for the dealer’s funeral.”

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Profiles In Courage - Shot To Pieces - Retired NYPD Detective Michael O'Keefe.
(Photos from Michael O’Keefe, compiled by LET staff. Profiles In Courage – Shot To Pieces – Retired NYPD Detective Michael O’Keefe.)

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