Court Officer Albert Gelb

Court Officer Albert Gelb

New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 11, 1976

Albert Gelb

Court Officer Albert Gelb was assassinated on 109th Street, near his home in Queens, by members of the mob as retaliation for making an off-duty arrest for gun possession in a restaurant.

Officer Gelb had just gone off-duty and was driving home when a car pulled up next to him and the occupant opened fired, striking Officer Gelb once. The suspect then got out of his car and shot Officer Gelb three more times.

Members of the John Gotti Crime Family were arrested and charged in federal court but the prosecution was unable to produce enough evidence. In February 2008 a suspect was indited for five murders, including the murder of Officer Gelb. In September 2009, the suspect was found guilty of four other murders and sentenced to life in prison. Although he was not found guilty of Gelb's murder, that was taken into consideration at the time of sentence.

Court Officer Gelb was assigned to the Criminal Court in Brooklyn. He had served with the New York State Office of Court Administration for 3 years.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Hi Alby
I am thinking of you so much this week so you must be close.
The family is ok. Your cousin needs strength at this time.
Give him a hand, OK?
Some bumps along the road but we remain strong.
That’s how the Gelbs roll
Miss you every day.
Emmy

Emily Gelb
Sister

August 3, 2018

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