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Detective Sergeant Joseph Guarnieri | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

Joseph Guarnieri

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, April 2, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 1098

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Sergeant Joseph Guarnieri was shot and killed in an apartment at 1888 Second Avenue when he and another detective went to arrest a man who was wanted for a shooting.

Detective Guarnieri and his partner had just testified in front of the Grand Jury against the suspect. A witness also testified. The suspect, upon hearing that the witness testified, when to the father of the witness and shot him.

Detective Guarnieri and his partner were notified of the shooting and tracked the suspect to a tenement at 1880 2nd Avenue, Manhattan. Detective Guarnieri, his partner and several other officers went to the location to arrest the suspect. As they searched the apartment the suspect, who was hiding in a room, appeared and shot Detective Guarnieri once in the head, killing him.

Detective Guarnieri 's partner returned fire, striking the suspect several times, killing him.

Detective Guarnieri was a highly decorated member of the New York City Police Department. In July 1911 he was shot and seriously wounded. He remained in the hospital for several months and returned to full duty only weeks prior to being killed.

Detective Guarnieri served with the New York City Police Department for seven years where he obtained the rank of Detective, First Grade, the highest grade for the Detective rank. He was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Detective Guarnieri was assigned to the Detective Division.

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Det. Sgt. Guarnieri,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.


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April 2, 2015


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