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 in the head. The suspect then fled the store.

The suspects were later apprehended and 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 assigned to the 80th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 4204

Incident Details

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

burglary in progress

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I am a sub teacher at the Elijahst Sroud Elementary School in Bklyn.I think he would be proud to see how he is honored by the commitment of students and staff. Susan Bitterman

Susan Bitternan
Board of Education

June 5, 2022

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