Police Officer John Anthony DiNapoli

Police Officer John Anthony DiNapoli

Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, December 22, 1999

John Anthony DiNapoli

Patrolman John DiNapoli was shot and killed as he was following a suspect. Patrolman DiNapoli, who was in an administrative assignment, had volunteered to backup other officers responding to an argument between two men on a street corner. Patrolman DiNapoli was in an unmarked cruiser and was following the suspect, who was on foot, when the suspect turned and fired several shots into the cruiser. Patrolman DiNapoli was struck in the shoulder, arm, and abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting but was arrested in Pennsylvania several days later. In 2001 the suspect was found guilty and sentenced to life with no chance for parole.

Patrolman DiNapoli had served with the agency for 21 years. He is survived by two grown children. His son followed in his footsteps and became a Holyoke police officer.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 138

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The year is 2014. Your end of watch came many years ago. Today I meet your daughter. She is a wonderful and kind woman with a nice smile and kind heart. She told me what happened to you and I remembered what had occurred in 1999. Rest easy brother, you raised a wonderful lady and she told me that your son followed in your foot steps. I thanked her for giving so much to our family of law enforcement. May you rest comfortably until you are with your family again.

Retired Lieutenant R. Cramer
New Milford, CT

August 12, 2014

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