Today marks the 11-year anniversary of Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey’s death. He was 32 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty.
On the night of April 12, 2007, Officer Lindsey was conducting a traffic stop at the corner of Neilson Street and Eagle Street in Utica, and he was shot as he approached the vehicle. Lindsey had been wearing a bullet-proof vest, but he was struck by the bullet in an area not protected by the vest.
Lindsey was then taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
Wesley Molina Cirino, who was 24 years old at the time, was charged in June 2007 with first-degree murder for the death of Officer Lindsey after an investigation found that he had planned to murder a police officer. He was ultimately convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Officer Thomas Lindsey was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran and he served with the Utica Police Department for five years.