Patrolman John E. Varecha

Patrolman John E. Varecha

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, October 7, 1968

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John E. Varecha

Patrolman John Varecha was shot and killed after stopping a car for running a red light.

Patrolman Varecha was standing on his footpost in front of the Canadian Consulate in Manhattan when he observed a vehicle pass through a red light. Patrolman Varecha commandeered a vehicle and gave chase. He was able to stop the vehicle in front of 154 East 54th Street. As Patrolman Varecha approached the stopped vehicle, two men exited. A struggle ensued, followed by several shots. Patrolman Varecha was shot four times and killed. He was able to return fire but missed the suspects. Two off-duty Patrolmen who heard the gunshots responded and arrested both suspects.

Both suspects, who were out on bail for two separate shooting incidents at the time they murdered Patrolman Varecha, were convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. One suspect was paroled in 1999. The second suspect escaped from prison in 1978. He was captured in California in 1981 and returned to New York. He was released on parole in January 2011.

Patrolman Varecha had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 months and was assigned to the 18th Precinct. He was survived by his mother and father.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 26540

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled

traffic stop

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Lieutenant Gregory W. Chupa
NYPD (Retired)

June 1, 2024

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