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Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese | New York City Transit Police Department, New York New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Seraphin Calabrese

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, February 24, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3123

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/24/1980

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Calabrese was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station. The suspect immediately grabbed Officer Calabrese's gun and shot him. Another nearby transit officer apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. He has a parole hearing in October 2012.

Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed five days later while attempting to take action during a robbery of a bar. He and several other officers went to the bar following the funeral of Officer Calabrese.

Officer Calabrese was assigned to Transit District 1. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and step-daughter.

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I still can see you as our shortstop at P.S. 139 and at Russell Sage Junior High School. Sammy, you were a great athlete and a good friend and many of your friends still talk about how silky smooth you were at shortstop. We also lost class mates in the 9/11 terror attacks. May God be with you and your family.
Sami Weir

Sami Weir
School friend
January 24, 2014

 

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