Patrolman Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Patrolman Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Pantego Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 17, 1973

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Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Patrolman Jody Scottino was accidentally shot and killed when his service weapon discharged.

He was searching for a burglary suspect in a building at 3500 West Pioneer Parkway. He was walking across the top of a building when the roof of the building collapsed. His service weapon discharged as he fell through the roof, and the round struck him.

He had served as a full-time police officer with the Pantego Police Department for only six weeks. He had previously served as a reserve officer for two years and a dispatcher for one year. He was survived by his parents, two sisters, and grandmother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 104

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, burglary

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I knew Jody from high school. I worked for Arlington PD. Pantego was a city the was surrounded by Arlington. My wife and and others hung out at each others places. We worked the same shifts and I would look out for him, normally he was out by himself. He rode with me on his birthday 2-12. He was always my little brother and I will never forget. Have lots of memories. I miss him and think of him often. Rest in Peace my brother.

Lieutenant Jerry Carroll (ret)
Arlington Texas Police

February 17, 2021

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