Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco

Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, December 21, 1981

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Philip Joseph Lamonaco

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.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 2663

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Two sentenced to death

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I passed this scene that night (I was 13) with my mom on our way home to Queens for Christmas. When we saw all the red lights flashing we knew it was something very serious (mom was with the NYPD 20 years at that time). I never knew anything about it or what took place that night until years later when I saw the episode on the FBI Files. RIP Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco.

Sgt Paul M. Wilson (ret)
Spanish Fort Police Dept. Spanish Fort, Alabama

July 13, 2019

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