Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 17, 1979

Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

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 struck 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.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 26481

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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I Remember a nice guy who wore a blue uniform.
I was 21 when i worked in a sandwich shop on 40th st between Madison and Park
Tom would come in often, Tommy i would yell across the counter, always getting dirty
looks from the established older German women that worked there with me. He'd laugh
knowing i was doing this to annoy them. He would always speak of his family . I remember
once i asked how was your week end,he said he had a barbecue in Staten island. Tom was always upbeat, cheerful what i felt mostly is why is he talking to me, I felt pretty good that a cop would go out of his way to talk to me. I left the sandwich shop and shortly after became a Police Officer now retired I will always cherish our friendship. Officer Schimenti was a great person friendly easy to talk to. I always looked forward to seeing him when he stopped buy . I miss you tommy your passing was so hard to take God keep you in his Glory

Retired Sergeant Roy Conde

April 11, 2018

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