Police Officer Melvin E. Hopkins

Police Officer Melvin E. Hopkins

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 15, 1979

Melvin E. Hopkins

Police Officer Melvin Hopkins was shot and killed while taking action during a robbery at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, while off duty.

Officer Hopkins was waiting in front of a store owned by his uncle as the store closed for the night. A man attempted to gain entry, and Officer Hopkins told the man the store was closed. The man then produced a handgun. Officer Hopkins and the suspect exchanged shots, and Officer Hopkins was mortally wounded. As Officer Hopkins lay wounded on the ground, the suspect stole his service weapon and fled.

The suspect was apprehended several days later and charged with murder. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Hopkins had served with the New York City Police Department for ten years and was assigned to the 77th Precinct. He had previously served three tours of duty with the United States Army in Vietnam.

Officer Hopkins was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 25923
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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You passed before I was born, but my mom told me what happened years ago. She is your 1st cousin and brought you up today, so I decided to Google you. She loved your mom (Aunt Lilian) and would visit her when she was younger. I'm sorry I never got to meet you, Aunt Lillian, or the rest of her kids. God Bless all my family in NY.

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