Officer Calabrese was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station. The suspect immediately grabbed Officer Calabrese's gun and shot him. Another nearby transit officer apprehended the suspect.
The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. He has a parole hearing in October 2012.
Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed five days later while attempting to take action during a robbery of a bar. He and several other officers went to the bar following the funeral of Officer Calabrese.
Officer Calabrese was assigned to Transit District 1. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and step-daughter.