Patrolman Nicholas Panico

Patrolman Nicholas Panico

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1962

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Nicholas Panico

Patrolman Nicholas Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.

The suspect had attempted to murder his former landlady and then ran outside and killed a woman sitting nearby. The suspect ran onto the Boardwalk at West 25th Street. He approached both officers from behind and shot them both in the back of their heads. Patrolman Panico was killed at the scene, and Patrolman Byrnes succumbed to his wounds at Coney Island Hospital four days later.

The suspect continued shooting at other citizens, wounding three more people, before being shot and killed by an Emergency Services officer.

Patrolman Panico was a U.S Army veteran of the Korean War and had served with the New York City Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the 62nd Precinct and was survived by his wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 21270
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

active shooter, ambush

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I worked in the 62pct. Also worked the Coney Island Detail like Nick. Looked at his plaque on the wall for 15 years. Just horrible. Never Forget! It doesn't matter how long ago it was. My 62 Brother.

Retired PO Dean Smimmo
NYPD 62 Pct

December 13, 2019

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