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Hero NYPD Detective Troy Patterson dies after spending 33 years in a coma while washing his car

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Troy Patterson, a heroic police officer who spent more than half his life in a vegetative state after being shot during a failed robbery in Brooklyn, has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center.

The incident occurred on January 16, 1990, when Patterson, who was off duty at the time, was washing his car near a fire hydrant on Jefferson Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Three local men approached him and demanded $20. A brawl officer who saw one of those involved, a 15-year-old boy, shoot Patterson in the head with a gun.

Patterson, who was only 27 at the time, never regained consciousness.

Although in a vegetative state, Patterson’s friends and family who visited believed the injured officer knew they were there.

Troy Patterson, 60, a heroic police officer who spent more than half his life in a vegetative state after being shot in a botched 1990 robbery in Brooklyn, died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center

Troy Patterson, 60, a heroic police officer who spent more than half his life in a vegetative state after being shot in a botched 1990 robbery in Brooklyn, died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center

His son, also named Troy, who was five at the time of the shooting, recalled in an interview with the Daily News several years ago that his father became silent and listened when they visited.

“He is silent, he listens,” said his son. ‘Sometimes he hears my voice, he makes a moan, a noise. I can’t understand what he’s saying, but he definitely knows our presence,” he said.

He remembers seeing his father on life support after the shooting, “lying in bed, hooked up to all sorts of machines, not responding to anyone’s voice.”

“I remember touching his hand. I don’t remember saying anything, but I remember touching his hand,” he said.

At times, Patterson’s family and colleagues believed they could see glimpses of him still trying to get through.

Patterson’s mother, Katherine Patterson, cared for him every day until she was weakened by multiple sclerosis.

She remained convinced that her son could hear her even if he couldn’t answer.

Patterson was off duty and washing his car in Bedford-Stuyvesant when three local men approached him and demanded $20.  During a scuffle, a 15-year-old shot Patterson in the head and he never regained consciousness - but family members attended to him.  Since

Patterson was off duty and washing his car in Bedford-Stuyvesant when three local men approached him and demanded $20.  During a scuffle, a 15-year-old shot Patterson in the head and he never regained consciousness - but family members attended to him.  Since

Patterson was off duty and washing his car in Bedford-Stuyvesant when three local men approached him and demanded $20. During a scuffle, a 15-year-old shot Patterson in the head and he never regained consciousness – but family members attended to him. Since

She spoke to him every day even after he was transferred to Hartwyck Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey.

After Katherine’s death, her aunt Doris Patterson-Brown took over her care, then her aunt May.

Young Troy now has his own daughter, Tramya.

“I try to complete the steps my dad couldn’t take,” he said in a 2010 interview. “My dad was the greatest.”

Fellow NYPD officers and Patterson’s family regularly marked the anniversary of the shooting with candlelight vigils at the shooting scene.

Patterson joined the NYPD in 1983 and was working in the 60th Precinct of Coney Island when he was shot.

After the shooting, police arrested three young men, Tracy Clark, 15, Vincent Robbins, 20, and Darren Crawford, 17, who attacked the officer and demanded the $20 to join a basketball league local.

Clark, then a student at Automotive High School in Brooklyn, was accused of being the shooter who wielded a .38 caliber revolver, but all three were convicted of various charges related to the shooting and sent to prison. The trio have since been released.

Clark, who has since reportedly moved to South Carolina, where records show he has a criminal record for various drug offenses, served 15 years in prison for selling drugs.

News of Patterson’s death surprised his mother, Juanita Clark, who is blind and thought he was already dead.

Patterson, who was promoted to detective after the shooting, was remembered by his former partner Darryl Hinkson as a “good cop” and “the best”.

Origin: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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