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

Deputy Sheriff

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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My husband Mark Johnson was an Eagle Scout with Art Pelino. I never knew him personally, but I know that his teachings have been with Mark for our 34 year marriage.

A good man called home too soon. We drove through Bouquet Canyon yesterday on our way back to NV from visiting the family. Mark was telling the stories of his days as an Eagle Scout, I have heard them many times but our granddaughter had not.


Becky Johnson
January 19, 2016


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