Police Officer John Anthony DiNapoli

Police Officer John Anthony DiNapoli

Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, December 22, 1999

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John Anthony DiNapoli

Patrolman John DiNapoli was shot and killed as he was following a suspect. Patrolman DiNapoli, who was on 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 Holyoke Police Department 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

Back up for fellow officer(s), disturbance

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Officer DiNapoli, it has been 24 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 21 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

December 22, 2023

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