Patrol Officer James R. Caruso

Patrol Officer James R. Caruso

East Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Monday, January 6, 1958

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James R. Caruso

Patrol Officer James Caruso was shot and killed at the conclusion of a vehicle pursuit of a 19-year-old youth and three juveniles.

The Pawtucket Police Department reported that a vehicle was wanted in connection with a robbery of a shotgun and rifle at a local store. Officer Caruso spotted the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the car fled, and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole at Prospect Street and Beverage Hill Avenue in Pawtucket. As Officer Caruso walked up to the stolen car, 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 served with the East Providence Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

juvenile offender, larceny, robbery

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Officer Caruso, it has been 66 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 5 years of law enforcement service. I hope your successors got the City to post the plaque for you.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 5, 2024

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