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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Thanks for the reminder, Brian. I doubt the radio system was all that good in 1961. I doubt Joseph Coote had "walkie-talkie" in his time. And I'm sure the bad guys knew it. Law enforcement requires a degree of bravery, but cops back them must've required a bit more to effectively do the job. Joseph Coote was brave to go after multiple opponents. I hope Joe's family know that he has not been forgotten and our thoughts are with his family for the sacrifice they endured then, and still do to this day.

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March 23, 2017

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