Captain Justino Tudela Arriola

Captain Justino Tudela Arriola

Northern Mariana Islands Police Department, Northern Mariana Islands

End of Watch Sunday, February 14, 1982

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Justino Tudela Arriola

Captain Justino Arriola was shot and killed when while intervening in a fight outside of a tavern in Tanapag.

Captain Arriola was off duty and playing pool inside of the tavern when he heard gunshots outside. He confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his gun. The man shot Captain Arriola in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Captain Arriola returned fire and killed the subject.

A bystander stole Captain Arriola's revolver before responding officers arrived at the scene.

Captain Arriola had served in law enforcement for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

off duty, shots fired call

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Captain Arriola, on this 33rd anniversary of your murder I wish to thank you for your service. I applaud that you prevented your murderer from ever harming anyone else and yet mourn what it cost. After all this time, no doubt your family sometimes feels like it was just yesterday. I feel in my heart though that they never really lost you and that you are there on this Valentines Day, watching over them and they know it.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 14, 2015

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