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Patrolman Nicholas Panico | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Nicholas Panico

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 21270

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Nicholas Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.

The suspect had attempted to murder his former landlady and then ran outside and killed a woman sitting nearby. The suspect ran onto the Boardwalk at West 25th Street. He approached both officers from behind and shot them both in the back of their heads. Patrolman Panico was killed at the scene and Patrolman Byrnes succumbed to his wounds at Coney Island Hospital four days later.

The suspect continued shooting at other citizens, wounding three more people, before being shot and killed by an Emergency Services officer.

Patrolman Panico had been with the New York City Police Department for six years and was assigned to the 62nd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Patrolman Robert J. Byrnes
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End of Watch: Tuesday, September 4, 1962
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I WAS ASSIGNED TO CONEY ISLAND THAT SUMMER AS WELL. I WAS FROM THE 66PCT. I KNEW NICK FROM THERE AND WENT TO HIS FUNERAL. IT WAS A SAD EVENT, BY A DERANGED INDIVIDUAL ! I AM 80 YRS OF AGE NOW AND OFTEN THINK OF THOSE WHOM I KNEW THAT WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND PRAY FOR THEM AS WELL ! R.I.P.

Robert Corallo PTL.
N.Y.P.D. CASUAL FRIEND
October 5, 2016

 

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