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Officer Manuel Anthony Arceo | El Monte Police Department, California El Monte Police Department, California

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Manuel Anthony Arceo

El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 9, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Arceo was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a silent alarm at a pawn shop just a half a block from the Baldwin Park Police Station.

A 22 year-old youth entered the pawn shop, grabbed a machete, and threatened the proprietress. She offered him money but the youth stated he "just wanted guns to kill cops". The suspect stepped outside, with a rifle she gave him, and opened fire on the officers as they approached. Officer Arceo was killed instantly. The suspect was killed by the other officers return fire.

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Tony was a great friend. As long as I am on this earth, he will not be forgotten.

Sergeant Ned Rodriguez
Los Angeles Sheriff
September 5, 2015

 

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