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

Trooper

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

Incident Date: 12/21/1981

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Suspect: 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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End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1983
Cause: Automobile accident

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I was the Head Grand Juror who indicted Manning and Williams in abstentia circa 1983. They were still on the run. It would be years later when Williams would be picked up in a communal living house (Ohio?). And when Manning was picked up sunning himself in his backyard by a swat team (Virginia?). It was williams who jumped out of the passenger side and emptied his 9mm on PL. Phil got off 5 or 6 rounds but was wounded and simply outgunned.One of Phil's bullets went thru the windshield, thru the backseat and into the spare tire in the trunk. Williams died in prison, and Manning continues to be subversive---last I read. Only in America!!!!

R. Brown
Head of Grand Jury, Trenton, NJ,
February 8, 2014

 

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