Patrolman Anthony J. Garaffa

Patrolman Anthony J. Garaffa

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, August 9, 1984

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Anthony J. Garaffa

Patrolman Anthony Garaffa was shot and killed while investigating a call involving suspicious activity near 40th Street and Springfield Avenue at 2330 hours. When he arrived at the scene he encountered three men and began to question them. When he asked one of the men what was in a bag the man was carrying the suspect reached into it and fired a sawed-off shotgun through the bag, fatally wounding Patrolman Garaffa. Patrolman Garaffa was taken to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately five hours later.

The 21-year-old suspect turned himself in about two hours after the shooting and was charged with capital murder. He was convicted and sentenced to death. On February 14, 1991, his sentence was commuted to 30 years to life. He will be eligible for parole on January 19, 2022.

Patrolman Garaffa had served with the Irvington Police Department for 16 years and had received over 40 letters of commendation throughout his career. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 8, 1984
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced commuted to 30 years

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I also knew Tony Garaffa. he also was a friend of my Father who was also IPD OFFICER at the time Iwas 29 years old at the time working on the UPD town next to Irvington and working a shift at the time this terrible thing happened to Tony,when the call came over the air about Tony all units started heading towards Irvington to look around for the suspect.This Tragedy that happened to Tony left us all heavy hearted.Tony was a Great person and IPD Officer

Robert R Schroeck son of IPD OFFICER
IPD officer Raymond Schroeck's Son

July 26, 2021

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