Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay

Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay

Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1996

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Anthony R. Samfay

Patrolman Anthony Samfay was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

As Patrolman Samfay was returning to his squad car with the violator's drivers license, the suspect exited his car and shot Patrolman Samfay five times in the back. The suspect, who had no prior criminal record, was later arrested without incident after carjacking another vehicle.

The suspect was found guilty of murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking and sentenced to death. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. The inmate's sentence was commuted to life without parole.

Patrolman Samfay had served with the Kankakee Police Department for one year.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 77

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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On behalf of Offcr. Anthony Samfay's mother, who extends her sincerest gratitude to all his friends and family members who have not forgotten this beautiful soul. To all who continue to visit his gravesite and leave heartfelt messages, know she keeps you near her heart. She wishes you to know she prays for all of Tony's fellow officer brothers wherever they may be placing their lives on the line to keep us safe as Offcr. Tony did. God bless you for all you do!

M. R. Samfay
Officer Anthony Samfay's Mother

October 25, 2018

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