Detective George Zicarelli

Detective George Zicarelli

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, September 17, 1979

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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I was one of the Ohio officers who attended your funeral. Two bus loads of NYPD officers also attended. It was indeed humbling for a small town Ohio cop, standing shoulder to shoulder with New York's Finest. RIP you've earned it.

Old Retired Cop

September 27, 2016

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