Police Officer George E. Elder

Police Officer George E. Elder

Monterey Park Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 9, 1961

George E. Elder

Officer George Elder was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two armed suspects as they robbed the Star Market on Garvey Avenue. Officer Elder was shot in the head and chest with a .38 caliber revolver and a .22 caliber pistol. Bullet holes in the suspect's vehicle from Officer Elder's return fire led to the suspects arrest in Whittier a week later.

Both suspects along with the getaway driver were convicted of first degree murder. The gunmen were sentenced to death but later had their sentences commuted to life. The getaway driver was sentenced to life, but in 1969 he received a new trial and was acquitted.

Officer Elder was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I never met Officer George Elder, but sadly, the shooting that took place from the Star Market Robbery ended on my front yard. I lived on S. Alhambra two houses from the market. My dad had told me that after Officer Elder was shot, he placed a blanket over him. I never forgot the story that my dad told me. Throughout my own career, I always remembered Officer Elder's sacrifice, and how he protected my family and our community. May God always bless your soul. Thank you for your service Officer Elder. ---For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. The policeman is sent by God to help you. ROMANS 13:3-4 Catholic Living Bible.

Retired Sergeant David Dattola
South Gate Police Department

November 10, 2017

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