Detective Joseph T. Moretti

Detective Joseph T. Moretti

Revere Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 1973

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Joseph T. Moretti

Detective Joseph Moretti was shot and killed after responding to a silent alarm call at a nightclub at 297 Lee Burbank Highway.

He was shot in the neck with a shotgun as he entered the club. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for 7 months before succumbing to the wound.

The three suspects were never apprehended.

Detective Moretti was a United States Marine Corps WWII veteran and had served with the Revere Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 113
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 13, 1973
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender At large

alarm, robbery

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Detective Moretti, it has been 50 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 24, 2023

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