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Investigator Antonio Joselito Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina


Antonio Joselito "Joe" Sapinoso

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 663

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Investigator Sapinoso was shot and killed after being taken hostage when he arrived home from his shift.

He was in uniform and exiting his patrol car when the suspect, who had been involved in a domestic disturbance with Investigator Sapinoso's sister, approached him at gunpoint and disarmed him. Investigator Sapinoso had intervened in the previous incident as a deputy and as her brother.

The suspect handcuffed Investigator Sapinoso with the deputy's own handcuffs. He took him inside his home where he forced the deputy to call his father into the living room. The suspect held both men at gunpoint for several hours during a standoff with SWAT officers. At 4:20 am, the suspect told negotiators he was coming out of the house but then, without warning, shot and killed Investigator Sapinoso and his father. The suspect then surrendered.

The man was convicted of Investigator Sapinoso's murder and was sentenced to death.

Investigator Sapinoso had served with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office for 6 years, and was assigned to the White Collar Crime Unit.

He is survived by his mother and sister.

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Investigator Sapinoso was in my graduating 353 class at the SCCJA in 1996. 18 years later, I still remember him and still feel sadness knowing his life and career was cut short. To his family members, please take comfort that Antonio is not forgotten all these years later, even from people who briefly knew him. Law Enforcement is a tough profession and he paid the ultimate sacrifice. He will always be remembered and honored.

Sergeant J Whittle
Columbia Police Department,
April 10, 2015


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