Patrolman Arthur Pelo

Patrolman Arthur Pelo

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 1971

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Arthur Pelo

Patrolman Arthur Pelo was shot and killed when he attempted to question a robbery suspect in front of a public housing building at 694 Rockaway Avenue in the Brownsville section of the city.

Patrolman Pelo and his partner were flagged down by a citizen who told him that a man who had robbed him a month ago was standing in front of 694 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn. As Patrolman Pelo and his partner approached the suspect, the suspect drew a pistol and opened fire, striking Patrolman Pelo in the head and his partner in the leg. The suspect was wounded when the officers were able to return fire but were able to elude capture.

Patrolman Pelo was taken to Brookdale Hospital where he died from his wounds.

The suspect escaped but was apprehended later in the day by detectives who tracked him to the basement of an abandoned building.

His wife survived patrolman Pelo.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3259

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Artie was a neighbor as I grew up in a NYCHA building, where his family lived, too. He was such a warm, friendly, enthusiastic guy, just a few years older than I. I was away at school when he was killed. I still remember what a heart-broken man his father seemed to be from then on. What a loss for all of us, everywhere. Artie would have gone on to do many good things, I'm sure. All these decades later, I am still deeply saddened by the loss.

B. Sievert

June 4, 2020

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