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Officer Gary Tedesco | Lodi Police Department, New Jersey Lodi Police Department, New Jersey

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Gary Tedesco

Lodi Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Monday, August 26, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/26/1963

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Released after 37 years

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Officer Gary Tedesco and Sergeant Peter Voto were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call at a local bar.

The suspects had robbed an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. In celebration, they partied with friends into the early morning at the Angel Lounge in Lodi. The men, former convicts, in their mid-20's, were drinking heavily, popping barbiturates and making enough of a racket that neighbors called the police several times to complain. When Officer Tedesco and Sergeant Voto arrived to quiet the bar down, the suspects attacked the officers and took Sergeant Voto's gun. The suspects then pistol whipped the officers and fatally shot them.

One suspect was later shot and killed by detectives from the New York City Police Department in a Manhattan hotel room. The second was convicted of murder and sentenced to death but was released by the New Jersey State Supreme Court in 2001 after serving 37 years. His original death penalty conviction was overturned in 1972 when the death penalty was declared unconstitutional.

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Sergeant Peter Voto
Lodi Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Monday, August 26, 1963
Cause: Gunfire

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Although I was just a child when Sgt. Voto and officer Tedesco were murdered, I find myself thinking of them often. May God bless the families of these two brave officers. They will NEVER be forgotten. Trantino, you punk, rot in hell.

Corporal Ron Lucas
Passaic County Sheriff's Department
August 26, 2013

 

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