Patrolman Lawrence Stefane

Patrolman Lawrence Stefane

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 1970

Lawrence Stefane

Patrolman Lawrence Stefane was stabbed to death after being attacked by a man with psychiatric problems.

He and his partner were sitting in their police vehicle when the man came up and tapped on the window. When Patrolman Stefane rolled it down, the man leaned in and stabbed him in the chest with a butcher's carving knife.

The suspect then attempted to attack Patrolman Stefane's partner. Although fatally wounded, Officer Stefane was able to lean over and push his partner out of harms way and fire three rounds critically wounding his assailant before losing consciousness. Patrolman Stefane was transported to a local hospital by his partner where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect had been released from a mental hospital two days earlier. He was convicted of Patrolman Stefane's murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Patrolman Stefane had served with the New York City Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2420

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember Larry from high school and I think of him and his family often. People that make the ultimate sacrifice should never be forgotten.

Police Officer Pilot Thomas Daly
Nassau County Police Department

July 7, 2017

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