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 stolen 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 served with the New York State Office of Court Administration for 16 years. He was survived by his mother and sibling.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt, robbery

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It is crazy that 3 years later after finding your photo to post it on here that I found myself walking down the street that was renamed in your honor. In 2019, I was going to nearby Manhattan College for my Paralegal Studies Degree. On my walk to class one day, I found myself walking down that street renamed in your honor. A couple of times, me and my classmates ate lunch at the corner cafe, and I told them about the history of your sacrifice and what you did on that street to protect others!

Christian Durante
Retired NYPD Auxiliary Police Sergeant
68th Pct
DHS Federal Employee

December 6, 2023

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