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Detective Philip A. LaMonica | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Philip A. LaMonica

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, September 21, 1952

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 2068

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Detective Philip LaMonica was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three notorious criminals who had escaped from the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The three had also held up several banks and gun shops.

Detective LaMonica and several other officers went to an apartment at 500 West 140th Street in Manhattan to arrest the suspects. When they arrived, shots were fired and Detective LaMonica was shot twice. The second shot to hit him killed him instantly. The second shot was fired from another patrolman and hit Detective LaMonica after ricocheting off the weapon of one of the suspects.

Detective LaMonica had served with the agency for 14 years and was assigned to the 42nd Detective Squad. He is survived by his wife.

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Det. LaMonica,
On today, the 63rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
September 21, 2017


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