Name : Sanchez, Anthony M. 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 2107 Command: 013 Pct.
Date of Death: 1997-05-19   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery
 Officer Sanchez, a 10 year veteran of the police department was shot and killed after responding to a robbery at an apartment complex. As the officers were searching the building the suspect engaged Officer Sanchez in a gunfight while trying to escape. Officer Sanchez was shot in the base of the neck and the bullet traveled down through his body. The shooting took place on the 9th floor and he then attempted to make it out of the building but collapsed on the 3rd floor where he died. The suspect was also shot and is in serious condition. On January 15, 1998, the suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Officer Sanchez. The suspect died in prison in 2002.  
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Comments from Friends    
..I'll always remember Tony. He was a rookie who started his career in the 13 pct. Tony and his partner "Cowboy Roy" were always a team. I remember how he talked me out of one of my three lockers because he couldnt share a locker with 3 other rookies and that i should let him have one because it was the right thing to do, and i knew from that day on that this rookie was alright. I remember time after time he would ask me questions about the job and how to do this or that. I would pull up to tony and his partner on a cold winter day while they walked a footpost in the dead of winter and open the window of the patrol car and let him feel the heat telling him one day he might be in a car and how good it felt. Tony would smile and they would laugh it off. Tony was always smiling and would never complain about a post he was given for the day " he was the rookie". I remember having a beer at the local bar with tony and the other rookies, tony and his partner could be heard yelling from the other side of the room hey "old timer" got any war stories. When i left that pct there was tony again asking for my other locker for the rest of his gear and of course i gave it to him. I would run into tony here and there and we would talk about things, the job, his marriage, and remember past stories and events. A week before his death i introduced a friend of mind to tony down at court and and as always tony was all smiles and kidding me about still being on the job and we left shaking hands. Hearing of his death sent shivers thru me and to see the thousands that turned out for his funeral made me feel proud to have known and work with tony. He was a cops cop. He was truly a hero in every aspect of the word. He will always be remembered and he will never be forgotten thru the stories and memories shared by all that knew and work with him. May you rest in peace.
— Robert Crespi

Me and anthony grew up togeather. we both went to Island Trees H.S.and hung out with the same freinds, and both came on the job. he was liked by all and had no enemies. I would run into him at work once in a while,and at a court.I worked at Mid-Town North. there he was standing on baxter street talking to everyone and always smiling. I recently had our 20 yr H.S reunion where he was missed by all that know him.Anthony was the kind of person that everyone should have as a freind.every time i'm at court i think of him and remember his great personnality and humor. he will live in our hearts for ever.
— Jose Segura

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:42 am

A good friend of the family Michael Kwasnicki, A man I conceder an uncle worked with Anthony in the 13. They did midnights together. My uncle told the same story Robert Crespi did about rolling up on Anthony and letting a little heat out of the window. Mike was off that night. He got the call at home. He took Anthonyís death hard. My uncle is gone now. We lost him last year. Now the Kwas and Anthony are together again. Patrolling the gates of heaven together. RIP PO Anthony M. Sanchez. God bless your soul and your family and the entire NYC Police Dept.
— George Mitchell
Posted: May 19, 2009, 4:40 pm

I did not have the privelage of meeting Anthonk but have heard so much of him from Roy that everyone in Broughty Ferry knows of his life. He lives on with us on this side of the Atlantic.
— John Hall
Posted: January 22, 2011, 7:54 pm

he was my partner and friend I try to block out that night we responded to that call but it gets harder as the years go by.....its funny but I still find myself talking to him like he is standing right beside me after all those years but I guess thats because he has never left my side....Miss you Brother. Detective (retired) Roy Ruland
— Roy Ruland
Posted: August 7, 2011, 1:13 pm

I worked late tours in the 6th Pct and was fortunate enough to have met A ANTHONY and ROY...both BRAVE, LOYAL,COMPASSIONATE and HONEST ...They EPITOMIZE the NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. I MISS YOU ANTHONY!!!!
— frank sullivan
Posted: September 30, 2011, 10:05 pm

— joey lipari
Posted: December 17, 2011, 5:16 pm

i was lucky to meet anthony sanchez partner as i was doing crv yesterday.. as he told me the story of how his partner was killed i realized i was talking to one of our dept great detectives.. i hope i never have to go thru what these guys had to.. losing a partner is like losing a blood relative.. it was a pleasure meeting you Roy..
— israel sanchez
Posted: February 13, 2012, 8:48 am

I work with Anthony at the 13TH Pct. he was great cop and a good friend.
— Det. Martin Kane
Posted: September 19, 2012, 6:21 pm

I love you i miss you
— francis sullivan
Posted: November 14, 2012, 12:22 am

I knew and worked with Anthony during his time at the 13th. I was with him and Roy the night Anthony was taken from all of us. I have lamented often how different life would have been had I stayed in the stairwell. Not a day goes by since that night on May 19, 1997 that I havenít felt the sorrow for making a wrong decision, to move or stay put, that set the scene for such a tragedy. I loved Anthony and respected him as a man and an officer. His death brought me back to my Roman Catholic faith and I pray constantly for his soul. I know that there are Angles that walk among us and guide us, I like to think that he now walks with those angles.
— Jaco
Posted: April 7, 2013, 8:52 am

PO Sanchez you left a legacy , you may have passed but you will never be forgoteen, Rest in Peace Anthony
— Tommy
Posted: May 19, 2013, 7:09 am

Dear cousin Anthony, Love and miss you .Forever in my heart, Cuz...
— Anthony Lipari
Posted: August 27, 2013, 9:36 am

Anthony, YOU are NEVER forgotten in this home...I miss you and pray for us
— Francis Sullivan
Posted: March 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

Anthony, I will remember you forever....especially because we spoke just two days before that horrific day. We talked about a change of tour for an upcoming court appearance. Sounds crazy, but I'll remember speaking to you for that 3-5 minutes forever! Happy 17th Birthday in heaven
— Francine Stokes-Jenkins
Posted: May 19, 2014, 9:21 am

Anthony we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 19, 2014, 11:11 am

Tony and I were in FTO 3 together. He was a few feet behind me when I was hit by a yellow taxi on 5th Av while chasing a perp. He was hit by my speed loaders when they popped out of their holders when I was hit. He went to Roosevelt Hospital with me and called my fiance. I can still remember how he started the conversation with her. "Hi. Let me just start by saying HE is ok.....but" He looked at me (chuckling with that smile of his) after he talked to her and said he was not too confident that she believed him. I will never forget his laugh and smile. RIP Tony. FTO3 "Three Amigos" forever.
— Luis Hernandez
Posted: September 10, 2014, 10:17 am

Another Christmas has come and I lament upon the laughter we all shared on those many Christmas Eve's we spent together over the course of so many years. So much time has past and yet I can close my eyes and recount all the smiles, all the joking and all the feelings of comradeship that we shared on that midnight tour. Your loss left a hole in so many of us that time hasn't been able to close. I pray for you and your family tonight as..I do everyday. I miss you.... my friend.
— Jaco
Posted: December 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

Anthony we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 7, 2015, 6:39 am

A prayer ...everyday...for you ...Anthony
— Jaco
Posted: July 29, 2015, 9:28 am



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