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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 in prison. He has a parole hearing in October, 2016.

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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So many Police Officers attended PO. Calabrese's funeral is because he was so well known,and liked. His nickname on the Transit PD was "Uncle Sammy". He was highly intelligent, highly decorated, and a father figure to young police officers. His killer deserves to stay in prison, he was a career criminal, who had no regard for anyone; much less an Authority figure like a Police Officer.

LOU MARESCO, Ret. Sgt.
NYCTPD/ NYPD
October 8, 2016

 

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