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Police Officer Israel Peter Gonzalez, Sr. | Arlington County Police Department, Virginia Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Israel Peter Gonzalez, Sr.

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 25, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # 334

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Israel Gonzalez was shot and killed during a robbery of the Arlington Trust Company at 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City. The robbers, a father and his two sons, had planned the robbery for months. After cutting the phone lines to the bank, the two sons entered, posing as phone company employees. They took the manager to a back room where they announced the robbery.

A customer became suspicious after the phone lines went dead and alerted Officer Gonzalez, who he had seen outside of the bank. In the meantime, the bank manager attempted to escape from the bank room and was shot and killed. The suspects also wounded a teller who was in the room as well. As the three fled the encountered Officer Gonzelez and exchanged shots. Officer Gonzelz was shot six times and fatally wounded. However, he was able to return fire and wounded one of the suspects.

The three suspects and a fourth man drove to Houston, Texas, where they killed an airline ticket agent as they hijacked a plane to Cuba. They remained in Cuba for three years before returning to the United States and turning themselves in.

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I visited the spot where you gave your life for the community today, 45 years later. The building still stands, and life here continues peacefullly. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten by those who picked up the torch to follow in your example.


Arlington County Police Department
October 25, 2017


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