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Police Officer John P. Scala | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

John P. Scala

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, January 24, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 9914

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer John Scala was shot and killed in a gun battle with two men at the intersection of 113th Street, near Morningside Drive, outside of the main entrance to St. Luke's Hospital.

He was escorting a hospital attendant with a bank deposit when the two men attempted to rob them. Officer Scala, shot through the heart, managed to return fire, wounding both suspects. One was arrested at the scene. The other suspect was arrested at another hospital when he went there to be treated for gunshot wounds that he said he got when he tried to stop a man from stealing his car.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. One was paroled May 14th, 1997, and then deported.

Officer Scala had served with the New York City Police Department for over 20 years and was assigned to the pplicant Processing Division. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your 1975 ID Card Photo in a Spring 3100 magazine from that time and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit
February 5, 2016


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