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Detective Joseph A. Picciano | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Joseph A. Picciano

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, February 15, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years, 2 months

Badge # 2281

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Joseph Picciano was shot and killed by a prisoner at the 41st Precinct building at 1086 Simpson Street.

Detective Picciano was fingerprinting a suspect that he and other members of the 41st Precinct Detective Squad had arrested for abducting a 13-year-old boy. As he was being fingerprinted, the suspect began to struggle with Detective Picciano. During the struggle, Detective Picciano's service revolver fell to the ground. The suspect was able to gain control of the weapon and fired two shots, killing Detective Picciano.

Other members of the Detective Squad were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Detective Picciano had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the 41st Detective Squad. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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A true "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place.
May you rest in eternal peace.
With Honor & Respect.

Det. Billy Russo. ( Ret)
Nassau County NY PD
September 26, 2017


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