Lieutenant Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro

Lieutenant Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, November 17, 1931

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Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro

Lieutenant Cavagnaro was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was forced off of the road in New York State during a murder investigation. He was riding with a local investigator from the district attorney's office when the incident happened. It is suspected that the drivers of the other car were gangsters with ties to the original murder in Boston. The investigator was seriously injured.
Lieutenant Cavagnaro had been with the agency for 27 years and was survived by his wife and four daughters.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Lieutenant Cavagnaro, it has been 92 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 law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 17, 2023

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