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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

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Seraphin 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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Police Officer Irving W. Smith
New York City Transit Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Friday, February 29, 1980
Cause: Gunfire

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As a result of today's loss of I could not help but remember bowling with you at tri-bowl recreation on 63rd drive across the street from p.s. 139.i recall of you asking me about the game of bowling
I was older than you and I also went to Russell sage jr. High school as well as forest hills high school. I was closer in age to your brother ,Michael and I hope he is well in this holiday season.

What I do remember most of all "what a great kid you were"

Cary warm
December 20, 2014


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