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Detective Joseph A. Miccio | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Joseph A. Miccio

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 8, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 681

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/7/1942

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1944

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Detective Joseph Miccio was shot and killed after he stopped two suspicious men.

Detective Miccio observed two suspicious men exiting a vehicle at the corner of Nevins and Bergen Streets in Brooklyn. Detective Miccio approached the men and asked the driver for the vehicle's papers. While the driver was going through his pockets, the passenger drew a handgun. As they struggled a patrolman came around the corner and drew his weapon. Detective Miccio was killed in the ensuing gun battle.

The suspects were later apprehended and convicted of first degree murder. They were sentenced to death and executed on March 2, 1944.

Detective Miccio had served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He was a highly decorated WWI veteran and was wounded in battle and captured by the enemy.

Detective Miccio was with the 78th Detective Squad. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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I remember hearing about Detective Miccio's death as a child. I was too young for it to make a real impression. I reckon my uncle was five or six when it occurred. So sorry that he and his siblings didn't have a dad to help raise them. Great admiration for his mom that I knew just a little bit.

Felix LaCapria
Nephew of Detective Miccio's son
August 16, 2016


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