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Police Officer Frederick J. Cione, Jr. | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Frederick J. Cione, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, January 30, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 6398

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/30/1970

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Suspect: At large

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Officer Frederick Cione was shot and killed as he approached three men. A witness said Cione got out of his patrol car and approached three men along the 1700 block of West Oxford Street shortly after 0100 hours. One of them pulled a .22 pistol and fired three shots, one in the chest, on in the abdomen and one hitting and lodging in his gun holster and belt.

No suspects have ever been identified in this case and it remains the only unsolved murder of a police officer in the city's history.

Officer Cione had served with the agency for one year and had previously served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was survived by his parents and his brother.

A playground was named after him at Aramingo and Lehigh Avenues with a giant mural depicting Officer Cione and Officer Joseph Friel, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in the line of duty on December 4, 1994.

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I was among the Homicide Detectives assigned to investigate the muder of Officer Cione and spent more hours on the case than on any other. We were always optimistic it would be solved. I am still hopeful someone is alive who conscience will compel them to come forward with information which will help bring closure to the Cione family. I have every confidence that the Police Dept. will never cease efforts to solve the case.

Det. Gerald Ross, Jr. (Retired)
Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5
September 21, 2013

 

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