Patrolman Robert J. Arnold

Patrolman Robert J. Arnold

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 15, 1968

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Robert J. Arnold

Patrolman Robert Arnold was shot and killed at a tavern at 744 Military Road while investigating a robbery.

Officers had gone to the tavern to question a patron shortly after a nearby restaurant had been robbed. As Patrolman Arnold approached him, the man turned around and opened fire, striking him. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject. A citizen who was used as a human shield by the suspect was wounded during the shootout.

Patrolman Arnold had served with the Buffalo Police Department for two years and was assigned to Precinct 17. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 599

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I was a 2 decade long (serving) Buffalo NY Police Officer. I served in the same Pct. as Officer Bob Arnold and had a number of calls to that exact address where our hero officer Robert Arnold was murdered. 1 call there, in the mid 90's had the makings of a call going sideways and becoming a violent confrontation. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and someone went to jail for the night instead of a worse case scenario. I told my new partner at the time about Officer Arnold's call at that address. It really hit home for us both. I will tell you this. Officer Arnold's sacrifice and service will NEVER EVER be forgotten or minimized. As with all our 51 Police Officers we've lost in service to our city, we will ALWAYS remember. We will NEVER forget, because there by the grace of GOD goes I.

Police Officer (retired)
Buffalo NY Police Dept. #13/Delta

July 28, 2023

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