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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Officer Spignesi,
On today the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Connecticut. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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