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Police Officer George E. Elder | Monterey Park Police Department, California Monterey Park Police Department, California

Police Officer

George E. Elder

Monterey Park Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, June 9, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer George Elder was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two armed suspects as they robbed the Star Market on Garvey Avenue. Officer Elder was shot in the head and chest with a .38 caliber revolver and a .22 caliber pistol. Bullet holes in the suspect's vehicle from Officer Elder's return fire led to the suspects arrest in Whittier a week later.

Both suspects along with the getaway driver were convicted of first degree murder. The gunmen were sentenced to death but later had their sentences commuted to life. The getaway driver was sentenced to life, but in 1969 he received a new trial and was acquitted.

Officer Elder was survived by his wife and three children.

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June 9, 1961 is an unforgettable date in my life. I lost a respected associate and role model, the family lost a loving member and the country lost a police officer and veteran paratrooper. The newspapers quoted Donne 'NO MAN IS AN ISLAND' and 'FOR WHOM EVER THE BELLS TOLLS'. I knew George as a fun loving, hard charging, honest, patriotic, family man and a dedicated police officer. My heart bled for his young wife and three young babies. I grieved with his three younger brothers, all in police work who over the years I learned to love and respect. George was one of my training officers, I used George as a role model through my 30 year LE career. George was pro-active, aggressive, fair and left no rocks unturned. When they fired the seven gun salute at his service, I stood next to my wife to be, we felt each volley. We felt the love, the respect and the hurt from the deep loss to his family, friends and many associates. God Bless his soul.

Charles J Carter
DEA, MPPD 60-68
June 19, 2017

 

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