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Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte | Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

Augustine J. Belmonte

Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, February 16, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Officer Augustine J. Belmonte was shot and killed and another officer was seriously wounded in a gun battle with three armed robbery suspects.

Police received a tip that the Red Coach Grill on Route 1 was going to be robbed. A gun battle resulted when the robbers ran out the back door and found five officers waiting. One suspect was shot and killed and the other two were taken into custody.

One suspect was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 10, 1969. The other suspect was acquitted.

Officer Belmonte had served with the Saugus Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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I was a young African American kid back in the sixties in a world of white America. Gus Belmonte was a wonderful man and human being. He was the only police officer who treated me with dignity and respect, while so many other adults in Saugus treated me with abuse because of the color of my skin. His family should be very proud of the difference he made in my life . It was an extremely sad day when this hero passed away in the line of duty. In my heart forever .

Lieutenant Richard Michelson
Oak Bluffs Fire-Ems
November 18, 2015

 

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