Chief of Police Philip John DeSantis

Chief of Police Philip John DeSantis

Woodbine Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1973

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Philip John DeSantis

Chief DeSantis was stabbed to death by a suspect who had just robbed a gas station and stabbed the attendant to death. Chief DeSantis was at home when he heard the call from a neighboring agency. The suspect was known to him so he began to search for him. He located the man and pulled him over. During the stop the man stabbed him with a screwdriver or metal file before fleeing. The man was later apprehended.

The 23-year-old suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on May 3, 1974. He will be eligible for parole on May 4, 2024.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

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