Police Officer Robert Venable

Police Officer Robert Venable

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1987

Robert Venable

Police Officer Robert Venable was shot and killed as he and five other officers attempted to make an arrest of two heavily armed men at an abandoned building at 2569 Pitkin Avenue, in Brooklyn.

Officer Venable and two other officers were transporting several prisoners to central booking in Brooklyn when they were alerted of a call involving several men with guns. As they approached the scene Officer Venable was shot. He succumbed to his injuries three hours later. The suspects were later apprehended.

Th suspect who shot Officer Venable had been out of prison on parole for 42 days. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He received an additional 12-1/2 years for drug possession. He will be eligible for parole in 2024.

Officer Venable had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for three years. He was survived by his 8-year-old daughter and parents.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 4510

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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I only met Rob once, but his vibrant spirit made an immediate impression. I remember attending his funeral and seeing his young daughter left behind. I also had the pleasure of seeing her as a young woman, making her dad proud. I was reminded of his loss watching the documentary "Seven Five" and being angered once again at his tragic loss. RIP.

Former P.O. Guy Sanders
NYC Transit Police District 32

July 2, 2018

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