Probationary Patrolman Nicolo Danisi

Probationary Patrolman Nicolo Danisi

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, July 10, 1968

Nicolo Danisi

Patrolman Nicolo Danisi was shot and killed by an intoxicated patrolman.

Patrolman Danisi was off-duty and on his way home when he spotted a vehicle that was stuck in construction gravel on the side of the road. That vehicle was being operated by an intoxicated off-duty patrolman. In order to free his car, the off-duty patrolman pushed several construction barriers onto the Expressway, causing a traffic jam.

Despite being off-duty, Patrolman Danisi, seeing the need for police involvement, approached the vehicle where the off-duty patrolman was now sitting in the driver seat, identified himself as a Patrolman and asked him to move the barriers back onto the side of the street. The off-duty intoxicated patrolman then drew his weapon and shot Patrolman Danisi in the face.

An off-duty Detective, who witnessed the incident attempted to intervene, but the off-duty intoxicated patrolman opened fire on him. The off-duty Detective returned fire, striking the off-duty patrolman in the chest.

Patrolman Danisi was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day from his wounds.

The off-duty patrolman was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He was later convicted and sentenced to 6 years in prison but released after serving only 1 year.

Patrolman Danisi had served with the New York City Police Department for just nine days and was assigned to the Police Academy. He was survived by his parents, Lena and John, sister, Falina, and her husband, two nieces Cynthia and Angela, and nephew/godson Joseph.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 week
  • Badge 8908

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 9, 1968
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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peter manco
friend from military school

March 18, 2017

You are as well a special person. It isnt many that know of this site and to leave a nice reflection is so awesome. He is missed and I am gald you got to experience my uncle when he was young. All i know is what i have to go by. I was only and exactly 10 months to the day when he was taking from us. It is always a pleasure to see that he made a good impact on peoples lives before he passed on. He was a tribute to NYCPD and unfortunately he , OUTSIDE of here and family, I think has been forgotten even by the NYCPD. They honor many fellow fallen officers now with street names and buildings and parks named for them,but its people like Nicolo who demonstrate what it is to be a sworn officer and that is to protect on and off duty. He was murdered off duty but in the line of duty!
Today we are seeing way too many people being killed and officers being put in an on the spot decision making moment. This leads to nothing but no good and destruction of communities. When will it stop? I dont know if it ever will unfortunately. Our generations to come are going to be in more disruption and confusion than most others.
May you enjoy your time with your friends and family while you can. It only takes one man to destroy many lives.
ty again Peter

joseph n billone
Nephew / Godson

April 13, 2018

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