Patrolman Anthony V. Tornatore

Patrolman Anthony V. Tornatore

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 1938

Anthony V. Tornatore

Patrolman Anthony Tornatore was shot and killed by a murder and burglary suspect in the Bronx.

On December 7, 1938 Patrolman Edward Lynch was shot and killed in the driveway of his home while investigating a suspicion person he observed in his neighborhood. A foot post was assigned in the area where Patrolman Lynch lived in an attempt to capture the suspect that was implicated in several local burglaries and the murder of Patrolman Lynch.

At approximately 8:15 pm on January 9, 2938, Patrolman Tornatore observed a man running towards him with a barking dog chasing him near the intersection of Astor Avenue and Young Avenue. Patrolman Tornatore drew his weapon but before he could fire he was shot by the suspect. The suspect was the same man that had murdered Patrolman Lynch one month earlier.

Patrolman Tornatore died of his wounds three days later.

The suspect was never arrested.

Patrolman Tornatore had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 months and was assigned to the 52nd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 3888

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 6, 1938
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never arrested

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Patrolman Tornatore,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 9, 2018

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