Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # Not available
Offender: Not available
Conservation Officer James Spignesi was shot and killed while checking private property for suspected illegal deer hunting near Scotland, Connecticut. Officer Spignesi was with another officer when he was struck by a round from a high-powered rifle. His partner arrested the suspected shooter, an off-duty state corrections officer, who claimed the shooting was an accident. The suspect was thought to be hunting illegally after dark when the incident took place.
The suspect was found not guilty as there was no clear way to prove when he fired the fatal shot.
Officer Spignesi had served with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for eight years. He was survived by his father, three brothers, and his sister.