Detective Roy Joseph Sergei

Detective Roy Joseph Sergei

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 26, 1987

Roy Joseph Sergei

Detective Joseph Sergei was shot and killed by a man who had just shot another officer during a subject stop.

Detective Sergei and several other officers had responded to a domestic disturbance at 371 Commonwealth Avenue. Two officers who had gone to the back of the building encountered an unrelated person attempting to climb a 12-foot fence. The officers stopped the man and as they began to pat him down he suddenly reached into his coat and fired a shot through his clothing, striking one of the officers.

The man then fled through the alley to Massachusetts Avenue where he encountered Detective Sergei at the front of the building. The man shot Detective Sergei as he continued to flee.

The man fled to Mexico but was apprehended, extradited back to Boston, and sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Sergei had served with the agency for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and parents. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 2886

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

subject stop, suspicious person

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I saw the memorial sign for Detective Roy Joseph Sergei while on Mass Ave today. I live near by and walk my dogs in the area. I don't know if these reflections are read or by whom, but if so wanted to express my sympathy to Detective Sergei's loved ones. I realize he passed in 1987, but time does not heal all wounds. May he rest in joy and may your days be peaceful and blessed.

Margaret Davis Karabanow

August 30, 2018

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