Detective Anthony Joseph Venditti

Detective Anthony Joseph Venditti

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 21, 1986

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Anthony Joseph Venditti

Detective Anthony Venditti was shot and killed by members of the Mafia he was investigating.

He and his partner were conducting surveillance of known Mafia associates when they stopped at a local diner to use the restroom. When Detective Venditti exited the car he was confronted by three suspects who began to push him against a wall. Detective Venditti's partner exited her vehicle and drew her weapon, but was shot and wounded by one of the suspects. The suspect then shot and killed Detective Venditti before being wounding himself by Detective Venditti's partner.

All three suspects were apprehended but acquitted of murder. They were later convicted of racketeering and sentenced to prison.

Detective Venditti had served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau Joint Organized Crime Task Force. He is survived by his wife and daughters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 679

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Three acquitted


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A few years ago I found out I was wearing his PO Shield. It was discovered by accident one day I was at the PBA office. I never wanted to know the history of my shield because if was cursed or a shield held by a murdered member I didn’t want to know. When I found out it was Anthony’s shield, i instantly felt honored to wear it since 2005. I believe he was killed shortly after being promoted to Detective. This shield will
be kept safe and worn proud till I retire.

PO Robert Gerken

October 15, 2021

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