"A Death in the Family"
L&O, Episode 1.13
Production number: 66204
First aired: 15 January 1991
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Tony Profaci Greevey A Death in the Family
Teleplay By
Joe Viola & David Black

Story By
Joe Viola

Directed By
Gwen Arner

The police start a citywide manhunt for a man suspected of killing a cop during a rooftop pursuit.


While making a routine arrest, Greevey and Logan are shocked when they see a body fall from a window above. Shots fired on the rooftop result in a police officer's death and a citywide manhunt. The suspect's lawyer contacts Stone and Robinette and offers to make a deal.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast




"I keep hearing the zipper on Rennick's body bag."

- Mike Logan

"I don't wanna see this guy without back-up."
"Back-up? I don't wanna see him without nuclear weapons."

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan

"You want me to run, so you can shoot me and be a hero. Disappointed?"

- Brutus Walker

"Turn the other cheek. You believe in that?"
"Yeah. Twice a year. Christmas and Easter, in church."

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan

"I don't see how you can say Segovia and Eric Clapton in the same breath."

- Max Greevey

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Larry Davis case. Larry Davis was a New Yorker who, in 1986, shot at 6 police officers who were carrying out a raid. Davis later claimed the officers were out to murder him because of his knowledge of corrupt cops but the officers claimed they were only there to question Davis about the killing of four (suspected) drug dealers. Davis managed to escape and a manhunt was on for him; he took hostages and only sundered himself to the police when the news media showed up and he was promised not to be harmed. (Source: Larry Davis (criminal) at Wikipedia)
  • In this episode we learn that Max Greevey lost a former partner because he was fatally shot during a traffic stop. 
  • Wendy Makkena also guest stars in episode 16 of the 12th season, "Born Again", as Janet Weston.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

High School
Wednesday,October 9

Jovino's Gun Shop
685 W. 17th Street
Friday,October 11

Harlem Wig Company
44 E.121st Street

4 5 6

State Prison
Interrogation Room 2
Monday,October 21

Rikers Island Jail
Tuesday, November 19

Office of District
Attorney Adam Schiff
November 20

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