New Haven mourns death of Officer Fumiatti
John DeStefano, Jr.
Mayor PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday Jan. 10th, 2007
NEW HAVEN MOURNS DEATH OF OFFICER ROBERT FUMIATTI:
MAYOR DESTEFANO CALLS FOR FUMIATTI’S ASSAILANT TO BE TRIED FOR CAPITAL FELONY MURDER
New Haven: Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. joined Police Chief Francisco Ortiz and members of the New Haven Police Department at a news conference this afternoon to address the death of Officer Robert Fumiatti, age 35, who died last night from what appears to have been a major heart attack. (The autopsy report from the State’s Chief Medical Examiner has not been released yet). Officer Fumiatti’s death comes more than four years after he was shot in the line of duty – while on a June 13, 2002 drug raid.
“Robert Fumiatti was a loving father, husband, and son,” said Mayor DeStefano. “He was also a devoted public servant who ultimately gave his life to protect and serve the people of New Haven. Today we remember and honor Rob Fumiatti and send our deepest prayers and regrets to his family.”
Officer Fumiatti’s shooter - Arnold Bell - was convicted in 2004 on both state and federal charges and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Now Mayor DeStefano and members of the New Haven Police Department say Bell should be charged with Capitol Felony Murder.
“As we pay tribute to Officer Robert Fumiatti, we also demand that justice is served. I am asking the New Haven State’s Attorney to review the case against Arnold Bell and charge him with Capital Felony Murder.”
Chief Francisco Ortiz, Jr., called Officer Fumiatti “courageous and heroic. His service to the City of New Haven was remarkable. As we are in the process of recruiting officers for our department, Rob Fumiatti serves as a wonderful example of the type of individual we would like to draw into this business.”
Officer’s Fumiatti’s death comes just months after he was assigned to the Firearms Unit in the Investigative Services Division. His assignment was part his remarkable recovery from the life threatening injuries he sustained in the shooting. Incredibly, Fumiatti came back to work on January 26, 2004 and began working in the Narcotics Enforcement Unit. He became a dog handler after graduating from the state police canine training unit with his new partner “Major.” Later, in January 2005, he worked in the Chief’s Office on a variety of crime analysis projects, including working closely with federal authorities in the Time ‘Zup program.
Robert Fumiatti was born April 27, 1971 in New Haven and grew up in West Haven – graduating in 1989 from West Haven High School. He was sworn in as a New Police Officer in May 21, 1999. During his tenure, in 1994, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart as well as a Departmental Letter of Recognition. His father, Vincent, served a New Haven Police officer, retiring in 1994 after 28 years of service. Fumiatti leaves behind his wife, and three children – ages 11, 7, and 2.
Officer Fumiatti is the third New Have Police Officer to pass away in the last six months. Officer George Smith, 56, died on Nov. 26, 2006. (He was not on duty when he passed away). He was first hired as a part-time police officer in 1978 and became a full time patrol officer the next year. He spent the next 27 years as a dedicated patrol officer, earning three Letters of Commendation, three Certificates of Commendation, two Letters of Recognition, a Unit Citation (Newhallville District), and a STAR Award.
Officer Daniel Patrick Picagli, 38, was struck by a vehicle on October 17th, 2006, while working an extra duty assignment, directing traffic near a construction site on Chapel Street near Wooster Place. He died from injuries sustained (blunt traumatic head injury) on October 21, 2006. Picagli was a 17 year veteran of the department who earned a number of awards, including the Chief’s Award of Merit, two Certificates of Meritorious Service, three Certificates of Commendation, Award of Outstanding Contribution, Department Award of Special Achievement, and a STAR Award.
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