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Police Officer Ronald S. Stapleton | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Ronald S. Stapleton

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 3, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # 31668

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/18/1977

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Police Officer Ronald Stapleton died of wounds he received two weeks earlier when he was shot in the parking lot of a tavern at 2433 Knapp Street, Brooklyn, as he attempted to take action during a robbery while off duty.

The two suspects attacked Officer Stapleton with a meat hook, gouged his eye out, and then shot him with his service revolver.

In 1998, a federal investigation into the activities of a New York crime family revealed the identities of the two suspects. One had died of AIDS in 1996. The other suspect was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Jackson, New Jersey.

On September 30th, 1999, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. One year later he was charged with the murder of a man in Brooklyn in 1982. He was convicted of manslaughter and burglary and received an additional five to 15 years in prison.

Officer Stapleton was assigned to the 77th Precinct. 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 1978 ID Card Photo from a 1978 Spring 3100 magazine article 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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