Bio & Incident Details
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Badge # 1106
Incident Date: 8/31/1962
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Shot and killed
Patrolman Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.
The suspect had attempted to murder his former landlady and then ran outside and killed a woman sitting nearby. He then ran onto the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 25th Street. He approached both officers from behind and shot them both in the back of their heads. Patrolman Panico was killed at the scene and Patrolman Byrnes succumbed to his wounds at Coney Island Hospital four days later.
The suspect continued shooting at other citizens, wounding three more people, before being shot and killed by an Emergency Service Unit officer.
Patrolman Byrnes was assigned to the 94th Precinct and detailed to Coney Island for the summer. He was survived by his wife and three children.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Patrolman Nicholas Panico