Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese

Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 24, 1980

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Seraphin Calabrese

Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station. The suspect immediately grabbed Officer Calabrese's gun and shot him. Another nearby transit officer apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He has a parole hearing in October, 2016.

Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed five days later while attempting to take action during a robbery of a bar. He and several other officers went to the bar following the funeral of Officer Calabrese.

Officer Calabrese was assigned to Transit District 1. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and step-daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3123

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Proudly mailed my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today. To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Calabrese: I am so very sorry for your loss! I’ve read many of the personal reflections about this wonderful man “Uncle Sammy”. It’s so unfair that you have to relive your pain, with each new parole board hearing. To Officer Calabrese: Thank You for your service and sacrifice! You are a Forever HERO! God Bless You All

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

September 18, 2018

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