New York Daily News

A retired cop whose life was altered forever by a vicious 2005 gun battle in which he was shot three times and abandoned by his partner has died a part of NYPD lore — and with the knowledge his eldest children had followed him into public service.

Patrick Caprice, 58, died March 15 after going into medical distress at the Kessler Rehabilitation Institue in New Jersey, where he had gone for treatment following back surgery.

His exact cause of death remains unknown, and it is unclear to the family whether his old gunshot injuries contributed to his death.

His family and friends remembered him Tuesday as a quiet, proud man devoted to his children who treasured the chance to help friends and advise young cops in Brownsville’s 73rd Precinct stationhouse, where he worked for many years.

He was there for people, Caprice’s family and friends say.

“My dad was a really good guy. He was so selfless,” said his daughter Chrystal, 27. “People from the NYPD came up to me and said when they were rookies, he was the only one who would help them if they had questions.”

He was memorialized Monday by hundreds of well-wishers — including many cops — at the Guarino Funeral Home and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights. He was buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.

“I’ve never seen so many people come together to support him,” Chrystal said. Continue reading

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