Police Officer Anthony Alan Giniewicz
Signal Hill Police Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 38
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 19, 1985
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Paroled in 2003
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Michael Langston
Signal Hill Police Department
1800 E Hill Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 989-7200
Police Officer Anthony Giniewicz succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on February 19, 1985, during a shootout with three gang members at a local restaurant.
He and another officer had just gotten off duty and were eating at the restaurant with a dispatcher and Officer Giniewicz’s wife. The other officer left the restaurant to go home but as he walked to his car he was accosted at gunpoint and robbed of his badge and service weapon.
The three gang members took the officer hostage. As they walked him into the restaurant he was able to break free and called out for help. Officer Giniewicz immediately came to his assistance, and after getting a description of the suspects, went out outside. The suspects immediately opened fire on him when he came outside. He was able to return fire but was severely wounded.
He became paralyzed from the chest down as a result of his wounds and remained in poor health until passing away as a result of complications on December 7, 2011.
Officer Giniewicz had served with the Signal Hill Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his son, two stepchildren, mother, and six sisters.
September 1953 ~ December 2011 Anthony Alan Giniewicz, 58, of Paso Robles, a dedicated father, son, brother, police officer and friend to many, passed away all too soon as a result of complications related to an on-duty shooting injury sustained Feb. 19, 1985, while working for the Signal Hill Police Department. Anthony was an avid motorcycle rider and 35-year member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, as well as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Anthony is survived by his mother, Nellie; son, Anthony Aleksandr; stepson, John; stepdaughter, Barbara; former wife, Barbara; six sisters Paula, Linda, Elaine, Christine, Diane and Laurie; and two grandchildren Katelyn and Marissa. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Adolph; and grandson, Derek. A native of Bridgewater, Mass., Anthony had a large extended family that will be hosting a Massachusetts memorial ceremony in March 2012. A California memorial ceremony is planned for the first week of February 2012. Marshall-Spoo 489-5552 Grover Beach
Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on December 10, 2011