The New York Times

January 11, 2006


Police Officer Collapses and Dies

By KAREEM FAHIM

A 35-year-old police officer died yesterday after complaining of chest pains while responding to a report of gunshots, the authorities said. The officer, Francis Hennessy, left, collapsed when he got out of a patrol car at Farragut Road and Flatbush Avenue. He was pronounced dead at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. An autopsy was being conducted to determine the cause. Officer Hennessy lived in Brooklyn, was married and had daughters ages 2 and 5, the police said. The report of gunfire turned out to be unfounded.