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Police Officer Joseph Galapo | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Joseph Galapo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 16, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 27862

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Police Officer Joe Galapo was accidentally shot and killed by his partner as the two officers attempted to arrest two narcotics suspects on Fourth Avenue, between 59th Street and 60th Street.

Officer Galapo and his partner were arresting two suspect who had just engaged in a narcotics transaction.

The officers had both suspects place their hands on the hood of a car and, as Officer Galapo moved in to handcuff the suspects, one of the men spun around and struck Officer Galapo's partner in the arm. Officer Galapo's partner arm was thrown to the side and his firearm discharged one round. The round struck Officer Galapo in the head. Officer Galapo was transported to the hospital where he died several hours later from the wound.

The suspect was apprehended after a short pursuit and charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Officer Galapo had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to Brooklyn South Narcotics. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo of you in the 1988 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit
February 5, 2016

 

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