Special Agent Anthony Palmisano

Special Agent Anthony Palmisano

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 8, 1969

Add to My Heroes

Anthony Palmisano

Special Agent Anthony Palmisano and Special Agent Edwin Woodriffe were shot and killed in an apartment building on Yuma Street SE in Washington, DC while attempting to arrest an escapee from the Lorton Reformatory who had robbed a bank earlier in the morning.

The subject had robbed a bank in Prince George's County, Maryland, but was recognized by the teller as being on a wanted poster. The two agents, along with a third agent, were sent to the apartment of the subject's ex-wife in an attempt to locate him. The man exited the woman's apartment and opened fire, killing Agent Palisano and Agent Woodriffe. The third agent returned fire but did not strike the man, who was taken into custody later in the day.

The man was convicted of both murders and sentenced to two life terms in prison.

Agent Palmisano had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for one year.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location District of Columbia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escapee, robbery

Most Recent Reflection

View all 15 Reflections

I only learned about SA Palmisiano today after reading an article in the current Fordham University Magazine about Edwin Woodriffe who was shot down and killed during the same incident. I wanted to know more about the brave agent who sacrificed his life in the service of his country. A google search brought me to this page. I do not have any family or relatives in law enforcement but I am deeply grateful for their service and feel sad for their families when their lives are lost. Thank you all for your service and God bless and protect you.

grateful citizen

August 6, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.