Patrolman Anthony V. Tornatore

Patrolman Anthony V. Tornatore

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 1938

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Anthony V. Tornatore

Patrolman Anthony Tornatore was shot and killed by a murder and a burglary suspect in the Bronx.

On December 7, 1937, Patrolman Edward Lynch was shot and killed in the driveway of his home while investigating a suspicious person he observed in his neighborhood. In response to the murder, a foot post was assigned in the area in an attempt to capture the suspect. In addition to the murder of Patrolman Lynch, the suspect was implicated in several local burglaries.

At approximately 8:15 pm on January 9, 1938, Patrolman Tornatore was on his foot post near Astor Avenue and Young Avenue when he observed a man running towards him with a barking dog chasing him. Patrolman Tornatore drew his weapon, but before he could fire the suspect shot him. The suspect was the same man that had murdered Patrolman Lynch one month earlier.

Patrolman Tornatore died of his wounds three days later.

The suspect was never arrested.

Patrolman Tornatore had served with the New York City Police Department for ten months and was assigned to the 52nd Precinct. His wife and child survived him.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 3888

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 6, 1938
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never arrested

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Patrolman Tornatore,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 9, 2018

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