Officer Manuel Anthony Arceo

Officer Manuel Anthony Arceo

El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, July 9, 1974

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Manuel Anthony Arceo

Officer Manuel Arceo was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a silent alarm at a pawn shop at 14348 Ramona Boulevard, just a half a block from the Baldwin Park Police Department.

A man had entered the pawnshop, grabbed a machete, and threatened the proprietress. She offered him money but the man stated he "just wanted guns to kill cops." The man stepped outside, with a rifle she gave him, and opened fire on the officers as they approached.

Officer Arceo was struck by a ricocheted round fired by another officer. The subject was killed by the other officers who returned fire.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

alarm, crossfire, robbery

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I was on duty the night that Tony was killed. I was accepted by Tony immediately, without question. He did not care that I was a female, he called me partner. (1974)
The recent loss of two El Monte police officers took me back to the night we lost Tony.

Dr. Janis Cavanaugh, Chief (retired)
Rowland Unified School District

June 15, 2022

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