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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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

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