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 suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on May 3, 1974.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I never got to meet my cousin because he died before I was born and the only thing I know of my cousin is that there is a picture of him in the police station I’m trying to find more information on my cousin where he is buried at may he rip and I’ll get to meet him one day and he’s with the rest of my family and our family in blue

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