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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It s been 43 years since my high school buddy and academy partner passed. There r very few days
That I don't think of him. We had many good times in High school , Bishop Loughlin class of 68
And later in the Police Academy. I went to the 24 Pct He went to the 77 Pct. He was an exceptional Officer and I miss him everyday. Till we meet again my good friend.

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Len Clementi

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