Irma Lozada, who became the first female city police officer killed in the line of duty in 1984, has been honored by having a Brooklyn street corner renamed for her.
Police Officer Irma Lozada Way is located at Van Sinderen Ave. and Fulton St. in Bushwick, less than a mile from the spot where Officer Lozada was shot twice in the head with her own gun, which had been wrested from her by a robbery suspect.
‘Energy and Street-Smarts’
Officer Lozada joined the now-defunct Transit Police Department in 1980, graduating in the first class of transit officers that had a significant number of women, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at the renaming ceremony Nov. 10.
“Her energy, determination and street-smarts earned her an assignment to the citywide task force, a plainclothes unit that focused on robberies and other violent crimes taking place on the subways,” Mr. Kelly said. “It also brought Officer Lozada closer to her goal of becoming a Detective. There’s no telling what she might have accomplished had her life not been taken from us on Sept. 21, 1984.”
On that date, Officer Lozada was patrolling a Brooklyn-bound L train with her partner when they saw a man snatch a gold chain from another passenger’s neck and flee the car. The two officers pursued the man aboveground but became separated in the chase.
“She chased the suspect from the Wilson Ave. station and onto the streets of Bushwick, catching up to him in a vacant lot at Chauncey St. and Central Ave.,” Mr. Kelly said. “Officer Lozada drew her service revolver and attempted to place the man under arrest. But before she could handcuff him, he wrestled the gun from her and shot her twice, fatally.” She was 25 years old.
Killer Could Serve Life
Darryl Jeter, who had been out of prison three months after gaining parole on a robbery conviction, was arrested for the shooting and found guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder charge and 7½ to 15 years for weapons possession, to be served consecutively. Mr. Jeter, now 47, is not eligible for parole until he serves 32½ years.
“Please know that the Police Department will never forget Officer Lozada’s exceptional service or her sacrifice,” Mr. Kelly said, addressing the officer’s family members who attended the ceremony. “That is evident in the plaque bearing her likeness that hangs inside this stationhouse, and in the dedication of her fellow officers here and across the city who have driven down crime to historic lows.”