Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 2663
Incident Date: 12/21/1981
Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm
Suspect: Two sentenced to death
Trooper Philip Lamonaco was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Knowlton Township.
The incident occurred when he stopped two members of a radical environmental group, known as the United Freedom Front, on I-80. The suspects robbed banks to fund their radical operations which included bombing energy sites.
Several suspects were apprehended and two of them were sentenced to death for Trooper Lamonaco's murder. A third suspect was sentenced to 30 years in prison on federal charges. He was also sentenced to life on state charges, which will start when he is released from federal custody.
On July 19, 1983, Lieutenant Lester Pagano was killed in an automobile accident while investigating Trooper Lamonaco's murder. Lieutenant Pagano had finished following up on leads in reference to the case when the accident occurred.
Trooper Lamonaco had been employed with the New Jersey State Police for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
A seven mile portion of I-80 was renamed and dedicated in Trooper Lamonaco's memory.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano