Police Officer John Silinsky

Police Officer John Silinsky

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 1982

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John Silinsky

Police Officer Silinsky was shot and mortally wounded at 12:20 a.m. when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off duty.

Officer Silinsky was shot in the head by a perpetrator with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol while preventing an armed robbery. The suspect attempted the robbery in the lobby of the Major Deegan Motel at 3600 Bailey Avenue in the Bronx where Officer Silinsky moonlighted as a night manager. Officer Silinsky was transported to a local hospital after stopping the robbery but died four days later. A suspect was later arrested and charged with murder but was found not guilty.

Officer Silinsky, a WWII U.S. Army veteran, served with the Yonkers Police Department for 28 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and grandchildren.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 157
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 26, 1982
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Charged with murder; found not guilty

off duty, robbery attempt

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 30, 2020

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