Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo

Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 2016

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Paul J. Tuozzolo

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was shot and killed after he and another officer located a suspect who had just held his estranged wife and her family hostage for several hours.

At approximately 2:45 pm the man broke into his estranged wife's home in the Bronx. During the ordeal the man told his estranged wife that he was planning engage in a shootout with the police. He eventually fled in a vehicle after the victim was able to call 911. Sergeant Tuozzolo and other officers were canvassing the area for the vehicle when they located it at Bronx River Avenue and Noble Avenue.

Officers boxed the vehicle in. As Sergeant Tuzzolo and another sergeant exited their patrol cars the subject opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun. Sergeant Tuozzolo was struck in the head and killed, and a second sergeant was struck in the leg. Other officers at the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.

Sergeant Tuozzolo had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was assigned to the 43rd Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 870

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, suicide by cop

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Widow of NYPD sergeant on protests against police: 'heartbroken' over 'what's happening across the nation'
Police officers 'need our support right now more than ever,' Lisa Tuozzolo say

Posted July 26, 2020 Fox News

“We are heartbroken over the fact that we are seeing what's happening across the nation and we want to be able to do something about it,” Lisa Tuozzolo said. “We want to be able to speak up because we don't want anyone else being in our tragic situations.”

Tuozzolo made the comments one day after she participated in a “Back the Blue” demonstration on Long Island, N.Y., joined by more than 1,000 people, according to the Long Island Press.

The rally was sponsored by the nonprofit organization Law Enforcement Officers Weekend, and reportedly drew people from police departments across Long Island and New York City, as well as members of the community and those who support local pro-police organizations.

“Do not back down, keep fighting, keep remembering how much you are appreciated, how much you are needed and how much we care about you,” Tuozzolo told the crowd at the rally on Saturday.

Her husband was killed in 2016 and a second officer was wounded when an ex-con opened fire on them in the Bronx. He left behind his wife and two young children.

On Sunday she said she participated in the rally because “it was so vitally important that we make sure that our officers know how much they are cared about and how much we appreciate them and how much we really support them.”

Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in May, there have been growing calls to defund or dismantle police departments across the country.

Tuozzolo appeared on “Fox & Friends Weekend” following another night of rioting and lawlessness in more than half a dozen U.S. cities Saturday – with the mayhem including damage to federal buildings and local police precincts, and a fatal shooting in Austin, Texas.

“Every officer is feeling the wrath of the tragedy that took place,” Tuozzolo said on Sunday, adding that “like in any profession, there are bad people.”

She went on to say that there are also “good people in law enforcement and they should not be punished for the actions of others”.

“Our officers sacrifice every single day,” Tuozzolo said. “They leave their families, they leave their newborns, they leave their dying and elderly parents to be there in communities supporting people that they don't know.”

Host Pete Hegseth asked Tuozzolo, “Do you think we have an opportunity to rally the nation in support of law enforcement officers?”

“I certainly hope so,” she said in response.

She added that she thinks that it is important for “the silent majority” to be heard.

“I think that it's important for our community, our cities and certainly our nation [to] understand that this is not about political agendas, but it's about being human beings and caring for one another and making sure that we treat each other with kindness and respect and compassion always,” Tuozzolo said.

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July 26, 2020

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