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Police Officer Robert Venable | New York City Transit Police Department, New York New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Robert Venable

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 4510

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Police Officer Robert Venable was shot and killed as he and five other officers attempted to make an arrest of two heavily armed men at an abandoned building at 2569 Pitkin Avenue, in Brooklyn.

Officer Venable and two other officers were transporting several prisoners to central booking in Brooklyn when they were alerted of a call involving several men with guns. As they approached the scene Officer Venable was shot. He succumbed to his injuries three hours later. The suspects were later apprehended.

Th suspect who shot Officer Venable had been out of prison on parole for 42 days. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He received an additional 12-1/2 years for drug possession. He will be eligible for parole in 2024.

Officer Venable had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for three years. He was survived by his 8-year-old daughter and parents.

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I hope my letter made it to the parole board. Thank you for serving our country. My prayers be with your family.

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November 6, 2016

 

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