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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Hey Scott, I think of you once in awhile. Before you transferred to NYPD, we were in the same squad at Housing Authority Police Department where you and I worked several posts together. Especially a homicide at Bronxdale projects. I was up on the landing and I can still see your bright face at the bottom of the dark stairwell. We were so young! I started a family and got out early, I didn’t think I was going to make it to 20! RIP

Police Officer Heidy Carbone
New York Housing Authority Police Department 1982 to 1987

September 12, 2021

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