Detective George Zicarelli

Detective George Zicarelli

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, September 17, 1979

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George Zicarelli

Detective Zicarelli was shot and killed in New York City, New York, while on an extradition assignment. Detective Zicarelli and two other officers from the Cleveland Police Department were exiting their vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel near La Guardia Airport, in Queens. Three suspects approached the officers and attempted to rob them. Detective Zicarelli and the other officers identified themselves as police officers, when one suspect opened fire, killed Detective Zicarelli. The suspects then stole the officers vehicle and fled. One of the officers with Detective Zicarelli drew his weapon, but was not able to obtain a clear line of fire.

Two suspects were captured the next day by detectives from the New York City Police Department, the third suspect turned himself in to a local television station.

Detective Zicarelli had served with the agency for 33 years and was scheduled to retire in six months. He was survived by his five children and three grandchildren. Detective Zicarelli's father and two uncles also served with the Cleveland Police Department.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge 1741

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective George Zicarelli of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 17, 2021

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