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Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr. | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, August 17, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 26481

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Police Officer Thomas Schimenti was shot and killed following a foot chase with a bank robbery suspect.

Officer Schimenti was walking his beat when he was flagged down by a woman who told him that a man in a gorilla mask was robbing a bank at 100 Park Avenue. As Officer Schimenti turned toward the bank, he observed the suspect exit and begin to flee north on Park Avenue on foot. Officer Schimenti began to chase the suspect, and radioed for assistance. As Officer Schimenti was chasing the suspect, two detectives who were in the area observed the chase and joined in.

They chased the suspect to the front of Grand Central Terminal where the suspect turned and opened fire. Officer Schimenti was stuck and killed and one of the detectives was wounded. The suspect was wounded once and fled. He was apprehended by the second detective, who found him hiding under a car one block away.

Officer Schimenti had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Midtown South Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.

On August 17th, 1988, a popular street corner on Staten Island was renamed in Officer Schimenti's honor.

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As I read through these reflections of my brother-in-law, I am so pleased that people are still thinking about Tom. He truly was an angel on earth. So hard to believe that all of these years have passed...........you are always in my prayers and in my heart....until we meet again.

Sandra
February 13, 2016

 

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