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Officer Arthur P. Snyder | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Arthur P. Snyder

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 12, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 265

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/11/1980

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Arthur Snyder was shot and killed after he and his partner observed a drug transaction at 14th Street and U Street, NW.

As the officers approached the suspect from different sides the man opened fire, striking Officer Snyder. One of the rounds was stopped by his vest and the second hit his belt. The suspect then fired a third shot, striking him in the head after he had fallen to the ground.

The suspect fled the scene but was located several days later as he was attempting to flea the city. He had called a cab service to pick him up but the driver recognized him and alerted police. Officers swarmed the cab at which point the suspect opened fire on officers. The officers' returned fire and the suspect was killed.

Officer Snyder had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

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I was assigned to the 3rd District, Fri., Feb. 13, 1970, and retired 22 July 1995. I was working that night, and did not go home until his killer was finally found. That tree box space located just North of the N.E.Corner, 14th & U. Streets, N.W., have never been forgotten.

Evidence Tech. Randolph L Moore #3128
MPDC/3-D Hqs. (Ret.)
February 24, 2015


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