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Sergeant Paul L. C. Paretti | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana


Paul L. C. Paretti

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 13, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Paretti was shot and stabbed to death when he went to the aid of a neighbor who was being robbed by seven teenage thugs on his front porch. Sergeant Paretti managed to shoot and critically wound one of the suspects. The other six were apprehended a few hours later. All seven were charged with Sergeant Paretti's murder.

Three of the suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. A fourth suspect was determined to be insane and committed in a state mental institution. The other three suspect's trial resulted in a mistrial.

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I'm sorry I never got to know you, but your son, Paul L.C. Paretti, Jr. was my grandpa, my "Nono," and I loved him dearly. Your children have produced a beautiful, large family. I'm sure you would be proud.

To Tim Gonzales: Are you Rosemary's son? I would love to talk to you more!

Sarah Wray
August 28, 2012


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