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Trooper Joseph Anthony Longobardo | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

Trooper

Joseph Anthony Longobardo

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, September 3, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 4566

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/31/2006

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Joseph Longobardo succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted two days earlier when he and another trooper were ambushed while searching for an escaped convict in Chautauqua County

Earlier, the escapee had shot and wounded a New York State trooper on June 10, 2006, during a traffic stop.

The escapee was the focus of a manhunt since the initial shooting and had been receiving assistance from friends and family in an effort to evade arrest. Trooper Longobardo and his fellow trooper were conducting surveillance on the home of a relative of the escapee when the convict shot them both with a high powered rifle. The wounded trooper was shot in the back, with the bullet penetrating his vest and exiting from his abdomen. Trooper Longobardo suffered a severed artery when he was shot in the leg.

Both troopers were transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Trooper Longobardo underwent a leg amputation surgery in an attempt to save his life. However, he succumbed to the wound the day following the surgery.

The suspect was apprehended in Pennsylvania on September 8, 2006, one day after being added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. On November 29th, 2006, he plead guilty to the murder of Trooper Longobardo. He was sentenced to life in prison on December 19, 2006.

Trooper Longobardo was a member of the Air National Guard, served as a member of the United States Marine Corps, and had served with the New York State Police for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.

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I'm doing a report on unsung heroes who don't get the recognition they deserve, your courage and dedication put you at the top of my list. I plan on being a State Trooper after I graduate and hope to be half the man you were. Thank you for your services and you will never be forgotten.

Patrick Matkosky
Hilbert College Student
December 9, 2013

 

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