Inspector Frank J. Mascari

Inspector Frank J. Mascari

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 1948

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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 at 155 South Terrace Avenue.

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 8 p.m.. At 9:15 p.m. he returned to the Westchester Diaper Service Branch of the Consolidated Laundries 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 (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity, stakeout

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Just heard the widow of the police chief in St. Louis speak at the Republican Convention and memories of the night that my father went to work and didn’t come home came flooding back. I had just turned 13 but that awful night has and still remains in my memory. I am outraged at what is happening to police officers in our country. Where are people marching in protest when a police officer is murdered performing her/his job?
Rest In Peace Dad. Love you forever

Gerry Garvey

August 28, 2020

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