Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1969

Augustine J. Belmonte

Officer Augustine J. Belmonte was shot and killed and another officer was seriously wounded in a gun battle with three armed robbery suspects.

Police received a tip that the Red Coach Grill on Route 1 was going to be robbed. A gun battle resulted when the robbers ran out the back door and found five officers waiting. One suspect was shot and killed and the other two were taken into custody.

One suspect was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 10, 1969. The other suspect was acquitted.

Officer Belmonte had served with the Saugus Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One shot and killed

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My uncle was a cop back then.We had just moved to Saugus and met Officer Gus Belmonte through him.I remember it was ash Wednesday and we stopped to talk to Gus before we got on a bus to Cliftondale Square.H said where are your ashes we told him we will get them when w got back,He said no go now and he held the bus from leaving until we got back.He was such a kind sweet cop.We were heartbroken when he died.God Bless Your Soul Officer Augustine Belmonte,you are forever and always in our hearts and mind.You will always be one of the best people I ever met in my life.

Maureen Pimentel

August 4, 2017

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