Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese

Police Officer Seraphin Calabrese

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 24, 1980

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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So many Police Officers attended PO. Calabrese's funeral is because he was so well known,and liked. His nickname on the Transit PD was "Uncle Sammy". He was highly intelligent, highly decorated, and a father figure to young police officers. His killer deserves to stay in prison, he was a career criminal, who had no regard for anyone; much less an Authority figure like a Police Officer.


October 8, 2016

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