Officer John W. Ruggiero

Officer John W. Ruggiero

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 23, 1973

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John W. Ruggiero

Officer John Ruggiero was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Boutwell Street at 3:30 am.

He had observed the car driving without lights and began to follow the car. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot and two men jumped out and ran towards Officer Ruggiero's patrol car while shooting at him. The suspects were apprehended a short time later and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Ruggiero was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Fall River Police Department for almost three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 167
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Officer Ruggiero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 24, 2019

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