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Patrolman Arthur Pelo | New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York


Arthur Pelo

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, September 25, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3259

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Arthur Pelo was shot and killed when he attempted to question a robbery suspect in front of a public housing building at 694 Rockaway Avenue in the Brownsville section of the city.

Patrolman Pelo and his partner were flagged down by a citizen who told him that a man who had robbed him a month ago was standing in front of 694 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn. As Patrolman Pelo and his partner approached the suspect, the suspect drew a pistol and opened fire, striking Patrolman Pelo in the head and his partner in the leg. The suspect was wounded when the officers were able to return fire, and subsequently died from his wounds.

Patrolman Pelo was taken to Brookdale Hospital where he died from his wounds.

The suspect escaped, but was apprehended later in the day by detectives who tracked him to the basement of an abandoned building.

Patrolman Pelo was survived by his wife.

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I attended Officer Pelo's funeral along with my brother, we were both in uniform. I was a NY City Firefighter and my brother Richard was a NYC Police Officer.
Officer Pelo was my Godfathers son who was a supervisor for the Department of Housing.
Both are gone now but their memory lives on.

Lieutenant Edward Sere
FDNY (Retired)
January 12, 2017


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