Police Officer Arthur Lopez

Police Officer Arthur Lopez

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Arthur Lopez

Police Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue.

Officer Lopez and his partner observed a vehicle they believed had been involved in the hit-and-run accident near the border of Nassau County and New York City. The officers followed the vehicle into Queens, where they conducted a vehicle stop. The subject opened fire on the officers after they approached and exchanged words. Officer Lopez, who was not wearing a vest, was struck in the chest. The subject then fled in his vehicle. He abandoned his vehicle and carjacked a citizen, fatally shooting the driver.

Officer Lopez was transported to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject was arrested several hours later and was suffering two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He was identified as a former convict who had served four years for attempted murder. He was subsequently arrested, charged and convicted with two counts of first-degree murder for murdering Officer Lopez and the civilian. He was subsequently sentenced to life without parole. He died in prison in 2019.

A second subject was arrested and charged in connection with providing the subject with the firearm used to commit the murders.

Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit.

In October 2015, the Jamaica Avenue Bridge over Cross Island Parkway near the intersection where he was killed was renamed Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 2232

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison in 2019

hit and run, traffic stop

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Remembering Officer Lopez' amazing smile. We attended JBHS together and he was a kind person that will be missed. My condolences to him and his family.

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September 12, 2023

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