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Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco | New Jersey State Police, New Jersey New Jersey State Police, New Jersey


Philip Joseph Lamonaco

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch: Monday, December 21, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 2663

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Two sentenced to death

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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.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano
New Jersey State Police, New Jersey
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1983
Cause: Automobile accident

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For many years, at holiday time, I drove Rt80 from NYC en route to Binghamton. On Dec 22,1981 nearing the Water Gap I saw many, many uniformed and regular men searching an area beside the highway . That was the place where the tragedy occurred. They were looking for evidence. I always remember Tpr Lamonaco at holiday time and whenever I travel this road. I look for his memory marker around mile 7. I passed there today (11/11/15) and he was in my thoughts.

Judith Silverman
November 11, 2015


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