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- Nov. 05, 1951 -
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New Britain Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: CT, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 05, 1951
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 53 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: New Britain Police Dept.
CT   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 32 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CT   USA   Mon. Nov. 05, 1951
Summary: Sergeant William Grabeck was shot during a hold-up at the A.Y.O. Packing Company.

He'd entered the building through the front entrance and found Frank Wojculewicz, armed with a revolver stolen from the Colt factory, robbing the office. Sergeant Grabeck placed his revolver in the robber's back and ordered him to drop his gun.

A civilian appeared between Sergeant Grabeck and Wojculewicz as the sergeant attempted to make the apprehension. Wojculewicz spun and fired point blank, striking Sergeant Grabeck five times. Sergeant Grabeck fired six times, wounding Wojculewicz. Patrolman Wojtusik responded from the rear of the building, fired twice at the suspect, who was crawling toward his weapon, and then overpowered him.

Both Sergeant Grabeck and Wojculewicz were brought to New Britain General Hospital where Sergeant Grabeck expired after heart massage briefly resuscitated him. Wojculewicz survived, but his lower body was paralyzed.

Wojculewicz was granted ten reprieves, most of them by Governor Abraham Ribicoff, but was finally executed at the Connecticut State Prison on Oct. 26th, 1959. The A.Y.O. shoot-out had now resulted in two deaths.

Sergeant Grabeck was survived by his wife. He is buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut.

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