Policeman Robert J. Cote

Policeman Robert J. Cote

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 31, 1969

Robert J. Cote

Policeman Robert Cote was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Officer Cote responded to the call of a robbery in-progress, where armed suspects had taken the employees of a Woolworth's Department store hostage. He entered the store before back-up arrived and, searching the store, was shot by one of the suspects.

Although wounded, he exited the store but died during transport to Central Receiving Hospital in downtown Los Angeles.

The suspect was shot and killed by responding officers.

Policeman Cote was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the LAPD for 15 months. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 13991
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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On October 9, 2015, there will be a memorial service at Hollywood Station for the 8 Officers from that Division killed in the line of duty.
I still remember that day in 1969 when Bob was killed. I was one of the pall bearers at Bob's funeral and met and remained friends with his family. Bob's son went on to become a Police Officer in Cypress, California. I will always honor and remember Bob and his courage on that day when he gave his life for his fellow man.

Retired Detective John E Miller #13738
Los Angeles Police Department

September 6, 2015

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