Patrolman Joseph L. Coote

Patrolman Joseph L. Coote

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 1961

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Joseph L. Coote

Patrolman Joseph 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 on 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 was a United States Army Korean War veteran and had served with the Nassau County Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, two children, mother, father, three sisters, and a brother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 535
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

robbery in progress

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Childhood friend. I was so shocked the day we heard of your death. Still have a picture of you at our wedding.
Bob and Diane Korf

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Childhood friend.

June 2, 2020

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