Police Officer Patricia A. Parete

Police Officer Patricia A. Parete

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Patricia A. Parete

Police Officer Patty Parete succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 5th, 2006, when she and her partner confronted an armed subject while responding to a 911 call about a fight at a convenience store at Elmwood Avenue and Chippewa Street.

They located the subject near the intersection of Georgia Street and Whitney Street. As they searched the subject he produced a handgun and opened fire, striking both officers in the face. Officer Parete suffered a spinal injury as a result of the shooting and became paralyzed from the neck down. She died as a result of complications from the wounds on February 2nd, 2013.

The subject was convicted of charges in connection with the shooting of both officers and sentenced to 30 years in prison.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 3521

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 5, 2006
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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I said another prayer for you today Patti. Attending your funeral with all our brothers and sisters in blue was one of the hardest. When I talked with you briefly after the layoff and you were getting your equipment re issued, the smile on your face said it all. You just wanted to answer your calling, police work. Others around us were driven by promotion and overtime. You were just happy to be back in uniform. Your eagerness to serve opened my eyes in remembering why I took the job 10 years earlier and gave me new direction and drive to be the best I could possibly be, after becoming jaded by the politics of it all. After I spoke with you, I told my wife, that I had become that rookie again who wanted to just be there and do the job the best I could. Godspeed Patti. You will always be loved and admired.


February 4, 2020

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