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


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

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: 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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End of Watch: Monday, August 26, 1963
Cause: Gunfire

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The family of Gary Tedesco is doing an archive project and wishes for contributions from the community and Gary's friends.

The archive will include video, audio and written accounts of his life. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to participate.

Thanks for your support.

Gary Harvey
March 21, 2015


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