Police Officer Frederick J. Cione, Jr.

Police Officer Frederick J. Cione, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, January 30, 1970

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Frederick J. Cione, Jr.

Officer Frederick Cione was shot and killed as he approached three men. A witness said Cione got out of his patrol car and approached three men along the 1700 block of West Oxford Street shortly after 0100 hours. One of them pulled a .22 pistol and fired three shots, one in the chest, on in the abdomen and one hitting and lodging in his gun holster and belt.

No suspects have ever been identified in this case and it remains the only unsolved murder of a police officer in the city's history.

Officer Cione had served with the agency for one year and had previously served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was survived by his parents and his brother.

A playground was named after him at Aramingo and Lehigh Avenues with a giant mural depicting Officer Cione and Officer Joseph Friel, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in the line of duty on December 4, 1994.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 6398
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender At large

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Dearest Freddie,

You have never, ever been forgotten in these 49+ years since that horrible day. All of our Philadelphia Police families pray that your Family will have peace one day when those who caused this nightmare will finally be brought to Justice. Even as I write this, it is hard to accept that these 3 heinous criminals have not been captured all these years later. It is well known across the country that yours is the only unsolved murder of a Philadelphia Police Officer, despite the ongoing dedication of the PPD to find your killers.

It is our hope that your remaining Family still know they are not alone in the cause for true Justice. You were a loving young man, raised by a wonderful Philly family. You are not forgotten & never will be. We look to the day when the Philadelphia news stations announce your worthless killers have finally been apprehended.

Your memory is honored to this day. To say thank you will never be enough to express our gratitude for your devotion to the citizens of Philadelphia & for your Military service. Rest in the peace you have earned, dear Officer Cione aka dear Freddie.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of PPD Officers

April 11, 2019

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