Twenty years ago Police Officer Anthony Sanchez was shot and killed after responding to a home invasion robbery in an apartment building on West 17th Street in Manhattan. Yesterday, May 19, fellow officers, family, and community members gathered for a street renaming ceremony outside the 13 Precinct where Officer Sanchez was assigned. The street that members of the 13 Precinct call home will now be known as Police Officer Anthony Sanchez Way.
A Night We Will Never Forget
In the early hours of May 19, 1997, wearing a ski mask, the suspect arrived at the apartment building that was home to his father. The owner of the apartment called 911 and confronted his son. The son tied his father up, stole $5,000 in cash, and fled the apartment as police arrived. As the suspect attempted to escape through a stairway he was confronted by Officer Sanchez. The two exchanged gunfire, and Officer Sanchez was struck in the back of the neck. The suspect was also struck, receiving non-fatal wounds.
The suspect fled, but was apprehended as he hid in the basement of the building. Officer Sanchez was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he died from his wounds.
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.