Police Officer Robert W. Mandel

Police Officer Robert W. Mandel

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 23, 1977

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Robert W. Mandel

Police Officer Robert Mandel was shot and killed by a suspect who was able to gain control of his partner's service weapon.

Officer Mandel and his partner, who were in plainclothes, responded to a call of drug sales inside of 762 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn. The officers arrested one suspect and turned him over to two uniformed officers. They then went outside the location with a second man who told the officers he had information for them. Once outside, the second man was able to gain control of the service weapon of Officer Mandel's partner. He then opened fire, striking Officer Mandel in the face, and his partner in the torso.

Officer Mandel and his partner were taken to Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, where Officer Madel died four days later from his wounds. His partner was able to make a full recovery.

The suspect was arrested later in the day at his home and charged with attempted murder and murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Mendel had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to the 77th Precinct Anti-Crime Unit. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 16465

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 19, 1977
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

narcotics, plainclothes

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I have been thinking of Bobby recently, after my sons 47th Birthday. I was in the academy with Bobby and was working in the 71st Pct Anti Crime Unit when Bobby was killed. I can never forget that day and can’t believe it’s been 43 years. He passed away on my sons 4th Birthday, 4/23/1977. I remember Bob as a real gentleman and always made you laugh when you were around him. Hard to think back sometimes on that tragic day but I know he will never be forgotten RIP Bob

Ptl. Pete Graffagnino

June 15, 2020

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