Police Officer George E. Elder

Police Officer George E. Elder

Monterey Park Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 9, 1961

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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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When I was growing up a woman told me, whenever we passed Star Market, that her step-son drove the getaway car in a robbery there and that was why he was in prison. She and her son were horrified and she relived the horror every time we passed the market. I was a child so I never thought to ask who were the robbers. Who were the robbers and getaway driver in this shooting? I would know by the last name of any of the three individuals if he was the same person our family friend spoke about. It would help me resolve the conflict if I knew who the robbers were. It would not not detract from the sorrow and tragedy that occurred in this shooting. I could never pass Star Market without thinking of the robbery.

Starlene R Johnson
Childhood resident of Monterey Park

June 16, 2021

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