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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cop tried to give clues on his mob killers as he laid dying in a hospital bed


An NYPD officer ambushed by mob hit men outside his Brooklyn home valiantly tried to finger the shooters for a police detective even as he lay dying in a hospital trauma unit, dramatic testimony revealed yesterday.
After the shooting, off-duty Officer Ralph Dols hung on long enough to answer several questions about the attack and start police on the hunt for his killers before he was wheeled into surgery at Coney Island Hospital.
“Dols was only able to respond to my questions with one-word answers,” a detective wrote in a report shortly after the August 1997 murder in Sheepshead Bay.
MURDERED: Officer Ralph Dols, here dressed as the Terminator for Halloween, was shot in a 1997 mob hit in front of his Brooklyn home.
MURDERED: Officer Ralph Dols, here dressed as the Terminator for Halloween, was shot in a 1997 mob hit in front of his Brooklyn home.
 
“Police officer had an oxygen mask on his face and had a difficult time speaking.”
Lawyers for Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, 39, and reputed Colombo crime-family street boss Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, 59 — who are on trial on charges that they murdered the cop and five others — read the police report to jurors in Brooklyn federal court as they cross-examined FBI Special Agent Scott Curtis.
The NYPD detective wrote in his report that Dols didn’t know who shot him but the mortally wounded officer said he would be able to identify the men if he saw them again.
When asked what race the perpetrators were, Dols said, “white males.”
Asked how many, he said, “three.”
And he was able to utter “Caprice” and “dark” to describe the getaway car.
The detective asked Dols several more questions, but could get nothing else out of him.
“At this time the witness was unable to speak and closed his eyes as they prepped him for surgery,” the police investigator wrote.
Dols died a short time later.
Defense lawyers introduced the report in an effort to show it contradicted earlier testimony from prosecution witnesses that two men had gunned down Dols, although a third man was on the scene ready to crash his car into any police vehicles that showed up during the hit.
The slain cop’s sister, Imelda, was in court to hear the stirring testimony.
“Even though he was in the hospital, I wish I could have seen him before he died,” she told The Post. “He was a very good brother. I can’t even express how I feel.”
The feds say Saracino was part of the crew that killed Dols on the orders of Gioeli, who was passing on instructions from Colombo consigliere Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace, who ordered the hit because the cop married his ex-wife, Kimberly Kennaugh.
Two hit men involved in the Dols murder testified earlier in the trial that they were not told by Gioeli that their target was a police officer.


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