Patrolman Anthony N. Rizzato

Patrolman Anthony N. Rizzato

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, July 17, 1970

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Anthony N. Rizzato

Patrolman Tony Rizzato and Sergeant James Severin were shot and killed by gang members while patrolling community housing for an all-volunteer "Walk and Talk" project.

As the officers proceeded across the Seward Park baseball field, the assailants opened fire from an apartment window. Both officers were mortally wounded in the attack.

The purpose of the shooting was to seal a pact between two rival gangs. Three adults and one juvenile were later apprehended and charged with murder. The two shooters were convicted of murder and sentenced to 100 to 199 years in prison.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12407

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender 100-199 years in prison

ambush, gang member, juvenile offender, sniper

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Tony was a good man always laughing and had a joke to tell. I didn't know at the time what had happened, I just saw the Police cars there. They blocked off the street. When I found out a C.P.O was murdered I never thought it would be him. But it was, along with Sgt. Severin. Both were shot down by snipers from the tall buildings. Later Nick would tell me that he was there returning fire, knowing his brother was dead. The rounds from his pistol hit the bricks below the window. His sister, Louciel and I talked a lot about how it changed Nick and the whole family. Tony touched so many lives, he was a man that cared about people. This post brought back the memories of that hot summer and how two good men walked to talk to people and show them them that the Police were their friends. I've prayed so many times for Tony and all of his extended family. His son and daughter grew up never knowing their father. His wife never remarried. To all you men in (018) be safe and never forget. I know I won't.

Red Wemette
FBI informant and close friend

May 5, 2019

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