Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo

Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 2016

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Paul J. Tuozzolo

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was shot and killed after he and another officer located a suspect who had just held his estranged wife and her family hostage for several hours.

At approximately 2:45 pm the man broke into his estranged wife's home in the Bronx. During the ordeal the man told his estranged wife that he was planning engage in a shootout with the police. He eventually fled in a vehicle after the victim was able to call 911. Sergeant Tuozzolo and other officers were canvassing the area for the vehicle when they located it at Bronx River Avenue and Noble Avenue.

Officers boxed the vehicle in. As Sergeant Tuzzolo and another sergeant exited their patrol cars the subject opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun. Sergeant Tuozzolo was struck in the head and killed, and a second sergeant was struck in the leg. Other officers at the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.

Sergeant Tuozzolo had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was assigned to the 43rd Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 870

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, suicide by cop

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Sgt. Tuozzolo, an American hero who sacrificed his life to protect his fellow man. John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. I watched your wife's one year memorial video. It broke my heart. What an incredible, strong and graceful women. I pray she and your sons have found peace as I believe you have. Thank you for your service my brother.

Detective Matt Harris (Retired)
Tempe Police Department (Arizona)

September 16, 2019

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