Patrol Officer James R. Caruso

Patrol Officer James R. Caruso

East Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Monday, January 6, 1958

James R. Caruso

Officer Caruso was shot and killed at the conclusion of a vehicle pursuit of a 19 year old youth and three juveniles. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole at Prospect Street and Beverage Hill Avenue in Pawtucket. As Officer Caruso walked up to the car, which was stolen, the 19 year old shot him twice in the head. All four suspects were captured a few hours later and charged with Officer Caruso's murder.

All three juveniles were acquitted at their trials. The 19 year old youth was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 19, 1958. He was paroled in August of 1971.

Officer Caruso had been with the agency for five years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1971

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I was an East Providence Police Officer. I was Off duty when I received a call that Jimmy had been shot. I responded to the scene where I was teamed up with Ptl. Bob Zollo. We were part of the search team when Massachusetts State Police apprehended the suspects. The sad part is that there was never a permanent marker for Jimmy. Retired Capt. Richard Ferreira and myself have been talking about approaching the City to put up a memorial to Jimmy.

Retired Lt. Charles E. Hall
East Providence police

August 18, 2018

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