Officer Thomas J. Giunta

Officer Thomas J. Giunta

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, August 24, 1994

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Thomas J. Giunta

Officer Thomas Giunta was shot and killed as he was distributing parking permits for a community function.

When he knocked on the door of the suspect's house, the suspect answered and a struggle ensued. The suspect wrestled Patrolman Giunta's weapon away from him and then shot him three times. He was subdued moments later by other officers on the scene. A citizen kept Patrolman Giunta alive long enough to get to the hospital by giving him CPR. Patrolman Giunta later died at the hospital.

The suspect was found competent to stand trial and was ultimately found guilty of first degree murder by extreme atrocity. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole on May 29th, 1998.

Patrolman Giunta was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Fall River Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 20
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Giunta,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USCG during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 24, 2019

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