Detective Joseph A. Miccio

Detective Joseph A. Miccio

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 8, 1942

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Joseph A. Miccio

Detective Joseph Miccio was shot and killed after he stopped two suspicious men.

Detective Miccio observed two suspicious men exiting a vehicle at the corner of Nevins and Bergen Streets in Brooklyn. Detective Miccio approached the men and asked the driver for the vehicle's papers. While the driver was going through his pockets, the passenger drew a handgun. As they struggled, a patrolman came around the corner and drew his weapon. Detective Miccio was killed in the ensuing gun battle.

The suspects were later apprehended and convicted of first-degree murder. They were sentenced to death and executed on March 2, 1944.

Detective Miccio was a United States WWI veteran who was wounded in battle and captured by the enemy. He served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years, assigned to the 78th Detective Squad. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 681
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 7, 1942
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1944

suspicious person

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On this the 80th Anniversary of the Murder of a distinguished Detective of the greatest police department in the world I’m sad to think of the loss of a man, husband and father. I grew up with his grandsons who lived on East 21 street in Brooklyn NY.
Detective Miccio’s widow Barbara and 2 sons lived next door to each other and I played many wiffle ball games in the common driveway….
His 2 sons are living in Naples Florida and I occasionally see them as I also moved upon my retirement from the NYPD
As I grew up I served in the U.S Navy and later joined the NYC Police Department and retired with 25yrs.
It’s Sad and also an honor to have grown up knowing his Wife, Sons Grandsons and entire family of DETECTIVE JOSEPH MICCIO R.I.P. Brother in Blue.

Police Officer Chris Dalton (Retired)
NYC Police Department and family friend

December 16, 2022

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