Detective Richard D. Arundell

Detective Richard D. Arundell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 9, 1963

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Richard D. Arundell

Detective Richard Arundell suffered a fatal heart attack while pursuing two suspects.

At about 11:00 pm Detective Arundell and his partner saw a car run a red light at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and 62nd Road. They attempted to stop the vehicle, and both occupants bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot. His partner fired three warning shots and shouted for the two to stop. The Detectives were able to apprehend one of the suspects after a brief chase.

After the chase, Detective Arundell felt pains in his chest. He was admitted to the hospital and died a short time later. Doctors attributed his death to the stress of the chase.

Detective Arundell was a United States WWII Army veteran and served with the New York City Police Department for 11 years, assigned to the Detective Division. He was survived by his wife and four children.

He is buried at Saint Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years, 7 months
  • Badge 251

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Friday, February 8, 1963


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Det. Arundell,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 9, 2023

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