Officer Arthur P. Snyder

Officer Arthur P. Snyder

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 1980

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Arthur P. Snyder

Officer Arthur Snyder was shot and killed after he and his partner observed a drug transaction at 14th Street and U Street, NW.

As the officers approached the suspect from different sides the man opened fire, striking Officer Snyder. One of the rounds was stopped by his vest and the second hit his belt. The suspect then fired a third shot, striking him in the head after he had fallen to the ground.

The suspect fled the scene but was located several days later as he was attempting to flea the city. He had called a cab service to pick him up but the driver recognized him and alerted police. Officers swarmed the cab at which point the suspect opened fire on officers. The officers' returned fire and the suspect was killed.

Officer Snyder had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 265

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, February 11, 1980
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I remember Officer Snyder well. I tended bar at two nightclubs on his beat. He'd show up occasionally just to let us know he was around and that we were safe. He'd smile and say hello, look around a little, then nod and amble off. Every bartender, every server I knew in the neighborhood was angry when he was killed.

Jim Collins
Private citizen

July 11, 2019

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