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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

Patrolman

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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Having responded to the 1013, I was on the scene as a member of the NYPD, 73rd Precinct in my first year on the job.

Arthur's partner, although wounded, was performing CPR when we arrived and was part of the joint effort by 73 Precinct officers and members of the housing police.

I remember the profound feeling of family as the two departments worked side by side in apprehending the common criminal that killed one of our brother officers and fled two blocks to an abandoned building where he was captured!

Great effort by Christina Durante on locating Officer Pelo's photo!

Police Officer James D'Alesandro
NYPD 73 Precinct
March 1, 2016

 

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