Probationary Patrolman Nicolo Danisi

Probationary Patrolman Nicolo Danisi

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, July 10, 1968

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Nicolo Danisi

Patrolman Nicolo Danisi was shot and killed by an intoxicated patrolman during a dispute on the Cross-Bronx Expressway.

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, sister and her husband, two nieces, and nephew/godson.


  • 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

disabled motorist, off duty

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Uncle Nick,
I am sorry it is so long between reflections. Life here has been difficult. I am sure you already have DAD there by your side again. It was hard losing him this month, but I know it was you that left the feather and took him by your side to wait for mom. He did a great job taking care of her and all of us. Your loss took a toll on everyone, but he held us all together. I just wish I could have done more to help him through his illness. I wish I was half the man you both are and can take care of mom as well as he did. Please show me some guidance for I am not sure of things in life right now. She misses you so much that words can't even come close to saying it. Losing you was just not in their future until it tragically came, and no one knew or still does know how to handle it. I just wish I had more than ten months with you. Mom has been amazing though thru out the years. She took care of all of us and your parents until they passed. Please give dad a hug for we miss him terribly during this holiday and his birthday. Happy 88 bday dad. I'm sure uncle nick and everyone there had a big cake for you with some chocolate ice cream. RIP MY HEROS We love and miss you.

Joseph Billone
Nephew / Godson

December 24, 2023

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