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Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay | Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois


Anthony R. Samfay

Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, October 17, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 77

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Death sentence commuted

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Patrolman Anthony Samfay was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

As Patrolman Samfay was returning to his squad car with the violator's drivers license, the suspect exited his car and shot Patrolman Samfay five times in the back. The suspect, who had no prior criminal record, was later arrested without incident after carjacking another vehicle.

The suspect was found guilty of murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking and sentenced to death. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. The inmate's sentence was commuted to life without parole.

Patrolman Samfay had served with the Kankakee Police Department for one year.

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Officer Samfay's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-12-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
February 12, 2017


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