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Deputy Sheriff Arthur E. Pelino | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

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Arthur E. Pelino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, March 19, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 1145

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 2 1/2 years

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Deputy Arthur Pelino was shot and killed by a mentally deranged suspect. Deputy Pelino was a Resident Deputy in Gorman, which is located in a rural section of Los Angeles County. He had arrested a mentally deranged suspect that was known to have been violent. Deputy Pelino cancelled Deputies that were responding to back him up stating he had the situation under control. Deputy Pelino took the suspect back to his office to start the booking process.

During the booking process, the suspect started to struggle and was able to get Deputy Pelino's service weapon. The suspect shot and killed Deputy Pelino and sat down in the office.

Two of Deputy Pelino's children found him and the suspect and ran to get help. Deputy Pelino's wife was able to get the suspect into a cell and call for assistance.

Deputy Pelino had been with the agency for 21 years and was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.

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I never knew you as I became a LA County Sheriff's Explorer at SCV a few months after your death. But I knew your daughter. It has been 37 years and my own law enforcement career is coming to an end. I thought of you today and reflected on the stories I had heard about you from your partners and family. You were an inspiration to many and are sorely missed. Rest in peace brother.

Sgt Thor Merich
Burbank PD
March 20, 2015


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