Officer Peter F. McElligott

Officer Peter F. McElligott

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 1968

Peter F. McElligott

Officer Peter McElligott was shot and killed in a gun battle with two robbery suspects inside Golden Gate Park. Officer McElligott and his partner spotted the suspects car, wanted for two gas station robberies. The suspects, upon seeing the officers, make a U-turn and sped off with Officer McElligott and his partner in pursuit. When the suspect’s vehicle stopped they approached the vehicle and both suspects opened fire.

Officer McElligott was killed instantly and his partner was wounded several times, but was able to return fire causing the suspects to crash their car into a tree. Both suspects were arrested shortly after by responding officers. Both were convicted of First-Degree murder. One suspect was paroled in 1977, but sent back to prison in 1979 for parole violation. The second suspect was paroled in 1987.

Officer McElligott was survived by his wife of four months.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Both apprehended

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 19, 2015

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