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Officer Thomas J. Giunta | Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

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Thomas J. Giunta

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 24, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 20

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Giunta was shot and killed as he was distributing parking permits for a community function. When he knocked on the door of the suspect's house, the suspect answered and a struggle ensued. The suspect wrestled Patrolman Giunta's weapon away from him and then shot him three times. He was subdued moments later by other officers on the scene. A citizen kept Patrolman Giunta alive long enough to get to the hospital by giving him CPR. Patrolman Giunta later died at the hospital.

The suspect was found competent to stand trial and was ultimately found guilty of first degree murder by extreme atrocity and sentenced to life without parole on May 29, 1998.

Patrolman Giunta had been with the agency for 21 years and is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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I was in the Coast Guard with Tom we went to Vietnam together on the same ship. He was a GREAT man and a good friend. I was a Police Officer also. I had not seen or heard from Tom for many years after we got home from Vietnam. I met Tom at a Safety Officers meeting two months before he died.

Joseph Veno
Reading Police Dept. (Retired)
December 6, 2015

 

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