Special Agent Gregory W. Spinelli

Special Agent Gregory W. Spinelli

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, March 15, 1973

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Gregory W. Spinelli

Special Agent Gregory Spinelli was shot and killed in Charlotte, North Carolina, while attempted to arrest a bank robbery suspect.

He and another agent were staking out a hotel room and attempting to make an arrest as two suspects left. One of the suspects was taken into custody but the other fled through a wooded area into a construction zone. As Agent Spinelli entered the rear entrance the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him.

The man, 34, was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder. He died on January 23, 1988, at the U.S. Medical Center for federal inmates in Springfield, Missouri.

Agent Spinelli had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for one year.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison


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I grew up with Greg through high school and college. I was in the Army when I learned of his death. My parents are buried in a grave site near his. Now that I can visit more frequently, I visit his grave each time I visit theirs's. Miss you Greg, have for years. Rest in peace.

Major General (retired) Larry Gottardi
Childhood friend, schoolmate and fraternity brother.

July 5, 2023

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