Patrolman Michael W. Paolillo

Patrolman Michael W. Paolillo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, September 23, 1970

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Michael W. Paolillo

Patrolman Paolillo was stabbed to death when he attempted to question a suspect.

Patrolman Paolillo was off-duty and talking with a friend inside a gun shop when a man entered and asked if he could have the grips on the gun adjusted. When the store owner told him he could, the suspect took a .25-caliber revolver from a paper bag and gave it to the owner. When the owner asked for Identification, the suspect took the gun back and left the store. Suspicious that the man did not have a license for the gun, Patrolman Paolillo followed the man out of the store and began to question him. While he was being questioned, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed Patrolman Paolillo 17 times in the chest. The suspect then stole Patrolman Paolillo service weapon and fled from the location.

A suspect was alter arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Patrolman Paolillo was assigned to the the 42nd Precinct.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4063

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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I just happened upon this site and feel remiss in not having expressed my feelings about Mike all these years. It will be 50 years this September when I last spoke to Mike, with whom I worked in the 42. As I recall it was in the Piccadilly Bar across from the precinct and he was expressing his thoughts about his transfer from the 42 to BCI. I believe it was the next day as I was riding patrol with P.O.Bill Harrison that the news of Mike's encounter and passing was transmitted over the RMP radio. Words cannot express the shock and sorrow I felt at that moment which still remain with me to this day. Standing guard and at attention in uniform beside his coffin with PO Frank Viggiano, with whom I still socialize , was an honor. His family, especially those who never had the privilege to meet him, should always be proud of his courage, service and devotion to making the City a better place.

Sgt. Victor Vincenzi
N.Y.P.D. 1968-1989

March 24, 2020

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