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Auxiliary Police Officer Armando Rosario | New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

Auxiliary Police Officer

Armando Rosario

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 25, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # 8956

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Auxiliary Officer Armando Rosario was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a suspect who had just robbed an elderly man.

Officer Rosario was off-duty and walking near the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Castle Street when he observed a suspect rob a man who has just exited a bank. Officer Rosario chased the suspect into a church yard. When the suspect was cornered, he turned on Officer Rosario, drew a Raven .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun and opened fire. Officer Rosario was struck three times in the chest and killed.

The suspect fled but was apprehended minutes later by responding officers and charged with Murder, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Robbery.

Auxiliary Officer Rosario was assigned to the 46th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit. He was survived by his mother and brother.

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March 25, 1992 seems like a long time ago and in a way, it is. For those who miss you every day, it probably seems almost like yesterday since they got the news, and centuries since they last saw you, heard your voice and felt your touch.

Whatever became of the victim? Did he go on to make a good life for himself and honor your sacrifice while helping him? We can only hope.

Did the man who murdered you repent? Did he see the error in his ways and reform himself into a model citizen who hopefully still resides in prison? Was he set free and if so, what did he do with his life?

Your family, friends and co-workers have never been set free and yet, I hope and pray they feel the comfort of your presence always as you continue to watch over them.

God Bless on this 23rd anniversary of your sacrifice and may you eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
March 25, 2015

 

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