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

Most Recent Reflection

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Deputy Art Pelino will always be fondly remembered, as one of the SCV patrol deputies I worked with and looked up to when I was a sheriff's explorer at the SCV station in the 70s. At the time of Deputy Pelino's tragic death, I was a fresh faced police officer, and solemnly honored Deputy Pelino at his funeral. Even though he paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his community, his untimely death was always fresh in my mind during my law enforcement career and I believe helped me to remember that in law enforcement the danger is constantly present. I am thankfully retired now after completing my 29 year law enforcement career. Even today in retirement, I will never forget Deputy Pelino's smile, his dedication to his profession, and his willingness to be a mentor to the young sheriff's explorers like myself. I will never forget him.

Dave Gray, retired LEO
Former SCV sheriff's explorer

April 14, 2016

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