Patrolman Joseph L. Coote

Patrolman Joseph L. Coote

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 1961

Joseph L. Coote

Patrolman Coote was shot and killed by one of three armed robbers he was attempting to arrest at the intersection of Brinkerhoff Lane and Third Street in Manhasset. The suspects fled the scene but were later arrested.

The gunman, age 21, who had the words I HATE COPS tattooed on his chest, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled April 18, 1988. The other two suspects, both 19, were convicted of manslaughter and robbery and sentenced to 35 to 70 years in prison. One of them was paroled in 1983.

Patrolman Coote had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 535

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Paroled in 1988

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Every time I pass that location,Ptl Coots name enters my thought process. I recall the incident and little did I know,that two years later,I would become a mamber of the NCPD. Three weeks ago,I was there.At the time it was a "Hills Supermarket" to the best of my recollection RIP Joe.

Sgt.Arthur French ret

March 22, 2018

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