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Police Officer Matthew Francis Giglio | Nassau County Police Department, New York Nassau County Police Department, New York

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Matthew Francis Giglio

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 16, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 1778

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/7/1975

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Matthew Giglio succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two months earlier while backing up other officers on a burglary call.

The 28-year-old subject who murdered Officer Giglio was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He was denied parole July 27, 2016. A week later he hanged himself in his prison cell with a bed sheet.

Officer Giglio had served with with the Nassau County Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Fifth Precinct police ambulance as an EMT. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and one son.

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I was operating RMP 414 on the night of occurrence and was assigned to assist at the scene with the search for Matt Giglio,s killer. The subject and his girl friend had committed a burglary to which Matt had responded. I was directed as a uniform officer to complete an area search of the adjoining neighborhood with CPU (plainclothes) officers. We went from house to house and searched every yard, moving from one direction toward another hoping to force the subject to a point of capture. Eventually the subject was captured. When caught, the subject indicated that he had climbed a tree to hide at one point, and that officers had passed under the tree several times during the search. The subject went on to indicate that had the officers looked up into the tree to find him there, he would have shot them.

P.O. Joel Fuoco
Nassau County Police
December 16, 2016


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