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 Arceo was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a silent alarm at a pawn shop just a half a block from the Baldwin Park Police Station.

A 22 year-old youth entered the pawn shop, grabbed a machete, and threatened the proprietress. She offered him money but the youth stated he "just wanted guns to kill cops". The suspect stepped outside, with a rifle she gave him, and opened fire on the officers as they approached. Officer Arceo was killed instantly. The suspect was killed by the other officers return fire.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Tony was my Training Officer when he died in the line of duty. At the time, I was a officer trainee in the field riding with him before I entered Rio Hondo Academy. He was also to be my Tac Officer at Rio Hondo. I recall receiving the phone call that morning that Tony had been shot in Baldwin Park. It was Tony's (our) day off and he was in El Monte Municipal Court when the help call came out from neighboring Baldwin Park P.D. I will always remember Tony as a gentlemen, friend, mentor, excellent partner and one of the best street cops I ever knew. RIP Tony.

Retired Officer Ron Derderian
Beverly Hills P.D.

August 28, 2019

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