Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay

Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay

Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1996

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 my aunt Maria Samfay(Tony's Mother) and myself, we would like to thank everyone that always remembers and thinks about Tony. She values the friendships that still exist because of Tony and speaks volumes about Tony's character. My aunt would also like to reconnect with anyone that knew Tony, you can reach me @ [email protected]
Thank you and stay safe.

Capt. Allan Pineda
Cicero Police Dept.

January 27, 2018

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