Police Officer Matthew Francis Giglio

Police Officer Matthew Francis Giglio

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

Matthew Francis Giglio

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.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1778

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 7, 1975
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Died in prison

Most Recent Reflection

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I have been overseas for a while, and, in connection with a Parole Board letter I am now in the process of composing on behalf of friends whose family member (non-LEO) was a murder victim, it has just come to my attention that Mr. MacKenzie has now voluntarily received the ultimate "No Parole" letter.

Of course this is no cause for celebration, but at least Officer Giglio's family no longer needs to go through the biennial angst inherent in the parole hearing process, as my friends are compelled to continue to do.

I did not know Officer Giglio, but by all accounts he was not only a model LEO, but an exemplary community member as well. Perhaps his friends, family, and colleagues can now talk more about his life, and less about his death. Not complete closure, but about as close to ideal justice as can be expected.

Kenneth H Ryesky, Esq.
Former IRS agent

April 6, 2017

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