Police Officer Scott A. Gadell

Police Officer Scott A. Gadell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, June 28, 1986

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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 was paroled on June 9th, 2021.

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. Paroled.

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My daughter just went to Wantagh High School today to see her daughters volleyball game. She saw the plaque dedicated to Scott and sent me the picture. His death was a turning point in my Nursing career.
I was a Nurse in the ER at Peninsula in Rockaway, Queens that day when another cop carried him in. I had had coffee with Scott a day or two before. We had talked about growing up in Nassau County - him from Wantagh and me Rockville Centre. He was a good guy. Someone gave me some type of award related to his care about a month later. It didn’t really matter. I couldn’t do it anymore after Scott. I quit a short time later.

Kate Tormey RN
Peninsula Hospital 1981

October 5, 2021

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