Detective Joseph A. Picciano

Detective Joseph A. Picciano

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 15, 1971

Joseph A. Picciano

Detective Joseph Picciano was shot and killed by a prisoner at the 41st Precinct building at 1086 Simpson Street.

Detective Picciano was fingerprinting a suspect that he and other members of the 41st Precinct Detective Squad had arrested for abducting a 13-year-old boy. As he was being fingerprinted, the suspect began to struggle with Detective Picciano. During the struggle, Detective Picciano's service revolver fell to the ground. The suspect was able to gain control of the weapon and fired two shots, killing Detective Picciano.

Other members of the Detective Squad were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Detective Picciano had served with the New York City Police Department for ten years and was assigned to the 41st Detective Squad. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years, 2 months
  • Badge 2281

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Having just seen Det Ralph Friedmans account of the incident on a documentary entitled ‘Street Justice the bronx’ i thought i would pay my respects to Det Joe Picciano and to all the other officers that have lost their lives on duty
God Bless all

Gary Cash Private Citizen

April 26, 2018

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