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Police Officer Anthony J. Abruzzo, Jr. | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Anthony J. Abruzzo, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 16, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 3204

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/16/1981

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Three sentenced to life in prison

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Police Officer Abruzzo was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in the robbery of his father-in-law at 47-22 Hollis Court Boulevard in Flushing, while off-duty.

His father-in-law had just returned home from work when three men approached him and struck him over the head with a gun. When Officer Abruzzo heard the commotion from inside his father-in-law's house, he ran out to assist. As he exited the house, unarmed, he called out to the suspects, "police officer." The suspects turned and opened fire at Officer Abruzzo, striking him in the chest. When Officer Abruzzo's wife and brother-in-law ran to his side to help, they were shot at by the suspect also, but were not injured.

Officer Abruzzo was transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

The suspects then fled the scene in a stolen car. They were apprehended six months later after they cashed checks that they had taken out of the stolen car. All three suspects were convicted of murder, attempted murder, and attempted robbery. They were subsequently sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Abruzzo had served with the New York City Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the 109th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and one child.

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I was in school when this happened. I went to their trial to confirm what I already knew. They had robbed me 2 nights before on Union Turnpike at Utopia while I was in Citibank.

Tony is buried 2 rows away from my Dad. I stop to put a small stone at his grave every time I go.

I saw Judge Jack Lahee say, "It is unfortunate that at this time and place I can merely sentence you to life but that's what I'm going to do. 25 to Life." I wonder if any of them are still alive.

PAUL FERGUSON
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April 28, 2014

 

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