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Patrolman Anthony J. Garaffa | Irvington Police Department, New Jersey Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman

Anthony J. Garaffa

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, August 9, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 13

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/8/1984

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Anthony Garaffa was shot and killed while investigating a call involving suspicious activity near 40th Street and Springfield Avenue at 2330 hours. When he arrived at the scene he encountered three men and began to question them. When he asked one of the men what was in a bag the man was carrying the suspect reached into it and fired a shotgun through the bag, fatally wounding Patrolman Garaffa. Patrolman Garaffa was taken to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately five hours later.

The suspect turned himself in about two hours after the shooting and was charged with capital murder. He was convicted and sentenced to death. On February 14, 1991, his sentence was commuted to 30 years to life.

Patrolman Garaffa had served with the Irvington Police Department for 16 years and had received over 40 letters of commendation throughout his career. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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Thank you to all who keep my father's memory alive proving what a truly incredible man he was.

Do not ever feel responsible for his death, he died doing what he loved!

I may have lost my father but I have been fortunate enough to gain a bond of brotherhood in blue of father's who keep him in our minds and hearts everyday :)

Nicole Garaffa
Anthony Garaffa's Daughter
August 16, 2016

 

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