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 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 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.

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 to life

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Officer Garaffa,

Although we never met, I can tell what a great man, and police officer you were. The stories your fellow brother officers wrote on here are truly beautiful and say so much about your character. Every day I walk into work and see your picture hanging in HQ and it brings me even more pride to work for Irvington PD knowing I am walking the same beats you did. You are truly missed by many, please continue to Rest In Peace.

Police Officer Brandon Gaeta
Irvington Police Department

August 28, 2019

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