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Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto | Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana


Sidney A. Zaffuto

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Thursday, January 8, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 2500

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Lieutenant Sidney Zaffuto was shot and killed during a bank robbery while moonlighting as a security guard.

Three suspects entered the bank and immediately disarmed Lieutenant Zaffuto while holding him at gunpoint. A second deputy, who was in the rear of the bank, observed what was occurring and confronted the suspects. A shootout ensued and Lieutenant Zaffuto was shot in the chest, and the second deputy was struck in the leg.

Two of the suspects were also wounded and the three fled the scene. A plainclothes detective who observed the suspects escaping, called for backup and he and responding officers took two of the suspects into custody. Two U.S. Coast Guard petty officers, who were armed while transporting ammunition through the area, took the third suspect into custody.

The suspect who shot Lieutenant Zaffuto was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death May 27, 2009. In April of 2009 the second suspect died in jail. The third suspect is to be tried in 2012.

Lieutenant Zaffuto had served the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office for a total of 21 years. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

He is survived by his wife, son, two step-children, and two grandchildren.

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You are not forgotten today on this mournful anniversary, nor will you ever be. Thank you for your service to your community.

You shall live in the hearts of those who loved you, those who admired you, and those you helped in their times of need; thus you will never be forgotten.

Most respectfully LT Zaffuto, although I never knew you, I dedicate this day to your memory.

D.O. Kaboutari
Harris County Sheriff's Office, TX
January 8, 2017


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