Inspector Frank J. Mascari

Inspector Frank J. Mascari

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 1948

Frank J. Mascari

Inspector Mascari was shot and killed when he was mistaken for a suspect by one of his fellow detectives during a burglary stake-out.

Two detectives were hiding in the back of a laundry after receiving reports that it would be burglarized. Inspector Mascari was with the two but left at 2000 hours. At 2115 hours he returned to check on the officers and entered through a side door. As he did so, one of the officers, thinking Inspector Mascari was the burglar, opened fire with a riot gun. Inspector Mascari was struck by several slugs and succumbed to his wounds at Mount Vernon Hospital ten minutes later.

Inspector Mascari had served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for 23 years and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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I cannot sleep tonight so I visited this page and read some reflections I had not seen before. How can so many years have gone by and yet I am 13 once again saying good-by to you as I am going to spend a week with my best friend in New Jersey. How could I have known that I would never hug you again that the next tine I would see you would be in a funeral home. Lasting memories which I will carry with me until the end of my life. I loved you so much then and always will.
Your daughter who lost you way too soon.

Geraldine Mascari Garvey

November 22, 2014

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