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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Tony you have been on my mind all day today and I just wanted to thank you for watching over us all while we have tried our best to protect the good people in our communities. My career is coming to an end soon after 26 years of service and my Sons will be just starting. I know you will watch over him as well. Until we meet again Old Friend I miss you and will never forget how you touched the lives of so many people with your kindness, honesty, dedication, ethics, and strong family values. Rest In Peace my Brother.

Senior Agent Charles Victor
IIDOC Parole

October 17, 2021

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