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Police Officer Casper J. Buonocore, Jr. | Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

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Casper J. Buonocore, Jr.

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 420

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Paroled

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Police Officer Casper Buonocore was shot and killed after responding to a report of a double parked car. When Officer Buonocore and another officer arrived at the scene, they discovered that the owner of the double parked car was wanted on a warrant. As they attempted to arrest the suspect, his 13-year-old daughter attacked them, drawing the incident to the attention of a large crowd.

After taking the suspect into custody, three men opened fire with a .32-caliber handgun from the roof of a nearby building, striking Officer Buonocore in the neck. Officer Buonocore was taken from the scene to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Other officers at the scene ran into the building and apprehended three suspects. Two of the three suspects were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Both were later paroled and have repeatedly been in and out of jail for parole violations, including weapons violations, and other crimes.

Officer Buonocore was survived by his wife and three children.

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