Police Officer Scott A. Gadell

Police Officer Scott A. Gadell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, June 28, 1986

Scott A. Gadell

Police Officer Scott Gadell was shot and killed while he and his partner were in a foot pursuit of a man wanted for threatening another man with a pistol.

The officers chased the suspect into an alley and exchanged shots. As Officer Gadell was reloading his revolver the suspect was able to come up behind him and shot and killed him. The suspect fled but was apprehended two months later.

The suspect, who was charged with a drug related murder in 1985, was out on bail. He was convicted of Officer Gadell's murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He has a parole hearing in April of 2017.

Officer Gadell was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge 27037
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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I was a meter reader in the area back then..my grandmother lived on Beach 30th off Seagirt..my uncle(now deceased)was a police officer in the rockaways..PO Kenneth Kilgannon.I remember clearly when this happened..and the circumstances that led to PO Scott Gadells killing.For some reason it's something thats always stayed with me..I would(as a civilian)like to say thank you to all police officers who serve..who put their lives on the line everyday for us..and to especially thank PO Scott Gadell for his selfless sacrifice protecting the community he served.Always remembered,never forgotten..and very much thankful to all our brave officers of the law.May God bless the soul of PO Scott Gadell and of all those who have given life and limb in service.And may God bless and protect all of the fine brave officers who go out each day to serve and protect.

Civilian John Laperuta

January 24, 2018

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