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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

Offender: 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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"Trooper Joe"

Anyone who met him, would real soon know
The kind and gentle soul that was Trooper Joe
He said he rode dirt bikes, he told me so
I had hoped to ride with him, Trooper Joe

But his house I was buying, I could never know
That 2 years later I'd be reading about Trooper Joe
My mind was reeling, time was moving too slow
When I saw on TV the face of ole Trooper Joe

I didn't want to believe at first, but ya never know
So I surfed the Net and found, it was my Trooper Joe
I was inconsolable, I wish Teri could know
That I too am grieving for her Trooper Joe

How could one so cool be dragged so low
Why did the devil himself hurt our Trooper Joe
I could spend my life asking and will never know
Why a coward with malice took away Trooper Joe

To serve and protect in rain and in snow
That was the promise made by our Trooper Joe
A better officer or gentleman the world didn't know
I'm so glad to have met you back then Trooper Joe

He was a leader of men, front of the class he'd go
Brave men followed him willingly that Trooper Joe
I'd follow him too but I'm not ready to go
I hope you understand, good ole Trooper Joe

Now you're dirt biking in Heaven, don't go too slow
When my race is run we'll finish our ride Trooper Joe
We'll shift the gears and watch the horizon grow
But not yet, until we meet again my brave Trooper Joe

Take care and rest easy bro......

Michael James, civilian supporter
retired Verizon phone worker.
May 6, 2015

 

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