Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 17, 1979

Thomas Schimenti, Jr.

Police Officer Thomas Schimenti was shot and killed following a foot chase with a bank robbery suspect.

Officer Schimenti was walking his beat when he was flagged down by a woman who told him that a man in a gorilla mask was robbing a bank at 100 Park Avenue. As Officer Schimenti turned toward the bank, he observed the suspect exit and begin to flee north on Park Avenue on foot. Officer Schimenti began to chase the suspect and radioed for assistance. As Officer Schimenti was chasing the suspect, two detectives who were in the area observed the chase and joined in.

They chased the suspect to the front of Grand Central Terminal where the suspect turned and opened fire. Officer Schimenti was struck and killed, and one of the detectives was wounded. The suspect was wounded once and fled. He was apprehended by the second detective, who found him hiding under a car one block away.

Officer Schimenti had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Midtown South Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.

On August 17th, 1988, a popular street corner on Staten Island was renamed in Officer Schimenti's honor.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 26481

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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I am in NYC for a month-long visit to my daughter who works at 100 Park. Last Monday, I waited for her outside the building and saw the plaque. When we got home, I read about Officer Thomas and couldn’t help but cry. It truly amazes me how the NYPD work to keep people safe. May Thomas rest in peace.

Maria Soledad
Tourist

October 24, 2018

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