Deputy Sheriff Arthur E. Pelino

Deputy Sheriff Arthur E. Pelino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 19, 1978

Arthur E. Pelino

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.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 1145

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 1/2 years

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I'm assigned to Gorman as one of the Resident Deputies. We held a memorial for Deputy Pelino today. Officers from the Kern County Sheriff's office and Hungry Valley State Park paid their respects at the site of slaying.

None of us had ever met Deputy Pelino, but we remembered him today. His sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Deputy Snover
Los Angeles Sheriff Department, Resident Deputy - Gorman

March 19, 2018

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