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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

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Thomas 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. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole on May 29th, 1998.

Patrolman Giunta was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Fall River Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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Officer Thomas Giunta was someone I looked up too while growing up. He was full of life, a wonderful man and always had a positive outlook on life. In his honor my older brother and I joined a Sheriff's office to give something back to the community. Uncle Tommy is forever missed at the table, but his spirit is still with us all.

Lt. Joseph R. Bibbo
Middlesex Sheriff's Office (Retired)
December 9, 2016

 

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