Police Officer Ronald S. Stapleton

Police Officer Ronald S. Stapleton

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 3, 1978

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Ronald S. Stapleton

Police Officer Ronald Stapleton died of wounds he received two weeks earlier when he was shot in the parking lot of a tavern at 2433 Knapp Street, Brooklyn, as he attempted to take action during a robbery while off duty.

The two suspects attacked Officer Stapleton with a meat hook, gouged his eye out, and then shot him with his service revolver.

In 1998, a federal investigation into the activities of a New York crime family revealed the identities of the two suspects. One had died in 1996. The other suspect was arrested by FBI agents at his home in New Jersey.

On September 30th, 1999, the suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. One year later he was charged with the murder of a man in Brooklyn in 1982. He was convicted of manslaughter and burglary and received an additional five to 15 years in prison.

Officer Stapleton was assigned to the 77th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 31668

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 18, 1977
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Ronnie was a dear friend as well as a brother in blue.

He worked at the 77 and I at the 73.

We both played for the NYPD hockey team and it was there where we became best friends.

He will always be remembered for his kind heart, decency, great sense of humor, and his immense love for his friends and family!

Rest in peace my brother!

James D’Alesandro
73rd Pct retired

P.O. James D’Alesandro
NYPD 73rd Pct

January 6, 2022

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