Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1969

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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, 24, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 10, 1969. He was paroled on August 3, 1983. The other suspect, 25, 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 Dad was also a policeman then. Gus, was a friend of the family. We often went hunting with him. My Dad was devastated when he died. I saw the live go out in my Dad. He died a month later.
Rip Gus and Walter.

Richard A. Marsh
A friend of Gus

May 28, 2020

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