Conservation Officer James V. Spignesi, Jr.

Conservation Officer James V. Spignesi, Jr.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1998

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James V. Spignesi, Jr.

Conservation Officer James Spignesi was shot and killed while checking private property for suspected illegal deer hunting near Scotland, Connecticut. Officer Spignesi was with another officer when he was struck by a round from a high-powered rifle. His partner arrested the suspected shooter, an off-duty state corrections officer, who claimed the shooting was an accident. The suspect was thought to be hunting illegally after dark when the incident took place.

The suspect was found not guilty as there was no clear way to prove when he fired the fatal shot.

Officer Spignesi had served with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for eight years. He was survived by his father, three brothers, and his sister.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Jim was a warm, patient, caring man. I met Jim in 1986 when he trained me for a seasonal position at a deer check station in Natchaug State forest. Jim was a biologist at the time. I remember him being so happy when he became a Conservation Officer for CT. After my stint at the deer check station I entered the CT Police Academy. RIP Jim. You are not forgotten.

MSgt. Frank Colonese III

November 21, 2021

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