Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 8, 2004

Sidney A. Zaffuto

Lieutenant Sidney Zaffuto was shot and killed during a bank robbery while working an overtime assignment at a bank at 4626 General de Gaulle Drive.

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 while the second deputy was struck in the leg.

Two of the suspects were also wounded and all three fled the scene. A plainclothes detective who observed the suspects fleeing called for backup before taking the suspects into custody with other responding officers. Two United States Coast Guard petty officers, who were transporting ammunition through the area, took the third suspect into custody.

The subject who shot Lieutenant Zaffuto was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on May 27th, 2009. In April of 2009 the second subject died in jail.

Lieutenant Zaffuto had served with 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 stepchildren, and two grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 2500

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

bank robbery, secondary employment

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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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