Sergeant Vincent S. Spinelli, Sr.

Sergeant Vincent S. Spinelli, Sr.

Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Thursday, August 6, 1992

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Vincent S. Spinelli, Sr.

Sergeant Vincent Spinelli suffered a fatal heart attack after being struck in the chest by a disorderly inmate at the old Cayuga County Jail on Court Street in Auburn.

The inmate was upset for receiving the wrong kind of sandwich at meal time. He assaulted Sergeant Spinelli and two other officers in the jail's dormitory before being subdued. Sergeant Spinelli collapsed and died approximately two hours later.

The inmate was acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of assaulting two of the other officers.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Convicted of assault

prisoner custody

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Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

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