Retired NYPD officer Derrick Bishop, whose heartfelt response to his fatal shooting of a teen carjacker moved the city, has died of a 9/11-related cancer, his family said Sunday.
Bishop was 60, and died on Sept. 19, said his sister, Jeaneen Bishop, 57, a police aide at the Irvington, N.J., Police Department.
“He’s the oldest brother in the family,” Jeaneen Bishop said, and the first in his family to join law enforcement. “He initiated it all. We’re very proud. It was a great, great loss.”
“I told him once after our father died, ‘Derrick, you have some big shoes to fill,’” she said. “He said ‘I know, I know.’ He accomplished that and more. ... I tell him now, I got some bigger shoes to fill, a lot of work to do.”
His sister said Bishop suffered from thyroid cancer and prostate cancer. She said though he was a first responder after the 9/11 attacks, the family never was able to get him enrolled in the Victims Compensation Fund. His death was also posted on the Facebook page, In Memoriam Sept 11.
The retired patrolman made headlines in March 2014 when he fatally shot an 18-year-old gunman who tried to hijack his car in East New York while Bishop was working a security job.
“It’s not a good feeling to shoot anybody,” Bishop told the Daily News at the time, tears streaming down his face. “It was just something that happened. I didn’t want to die. I wanted to be able to see my kids and my wife.”
His sister said his grief was heartbreaking.
“He never wanted to do anything like that,” she said.
Bishop is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughters Dominique and Chanel, his mother, Bernice Holloman, 83, sister and a brother, Bernard, 58.
A wake and funeral will be held Thursday at 3p.m. at the Brown Memorial Church on Washington Ave. in Brooklyn. He will be buried in a New Jersey cemetery with his father.