Police Officer Elijah G. Stroud

Police Officer Elijah G. Stroud

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, March 18, 1972

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Elijah G. Stroud

Police Officer Elijah Stroud was shot and killed while off-duty after interrupting a robbery in progress at a butcher shop.

When Patrolman Stroud entered the butcher shop at 19 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn, he realized there was a hold-up in progress. He drew his weapon and took cover. One suspect came up behind Patrolman Stroud and opened fire, striking him the head. The suspect then fled the store.

The suspects were later apprehended. Both suspects were convicted of murder after five trials. Their murder conviction was later overturned.

Patrolman Stroud had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was survived by his wife and three children. He was assigned to the 80th Precinct.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 4204

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Conviction overturned

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My name is John Miller. I attended PS. 316 which was named after Elijah G. Stroud. While attending back in the 80’s the story was told of how the name of the school had come to pass and at that moment I knew I wanted to be a Police Officer and I did become a patrolman - not in NYC but in Atlanta and I am still serving. I was on my assignment today and I was daydreaming about how/ why did I end up in this profession, that is my testimony. Rest easy E.G.S.

John Miller - Patrolman
Atlanta Police Department

September 4, 2018

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