Senior Court Clerk Alphonso B. Deal

Senior Court Clerk Alphonso B. Deal

New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 7, 1988

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Alphonso B. Deal

Senior Court Clerk Alphonso Deal was shot and killed while coming to the assistance of a robbery victim on West 140th Street in New York City at approximately 11:10 pm.

He was attempting to arrest a man, who had shot another man and stole his bicycle, when the man suddenly turned around and opened fire, striking Officer Deal. Although mortally wounded, Officer Deal was able to return fire and struck the suspect five times, wounding him. Officer Deal was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he died of his injuries.

The 27-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2033.

Court Officer Deal had been with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his mother and sibling.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 7, 2020

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