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Officer John W. Ruggiero | Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

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John W. Ruggiero

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, July 23, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 167

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer John Ruggiero was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Boutwell Street at 3:30 am.

He had observed the car driving without lights and began to follow the car. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot and two men jumped out and ran towards Officer Ruggiero's patrol car while shooting at him. The suspects were apprehended a short time later and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Ruggiero was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Fall River Police Department for almost three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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