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 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 never had the pleasure of meeting Scott or knowing him but the phrase “looking & load...” Was burned into my head in the 1980s and 1990s by the NYPD Range instructors. They always said that because that’s how Scott was murdered and that reminded us to look up while you’re reloading so the bad guy cant get the drop on you.
I’m 57 yrs old and around the same age as SCOTT would be IF he wasn’t Murdered at such a young age.
I think of home many years (33 actually) he missed out on.
GOD BLESS YOU “Brother in Blue!”
SGT John Fiordaliso, NYPD (ret.)

Sgt John Fiordaliso NYPD

January 17, 2019

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