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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Robert and I were high school mates, ironically about a mile from where he was murdered in Brooklyn. He was a loyal friend who could take as well as give a good-natured joke. Fun to be around, he was not in anyone's face ever but I wouldn't have recommended anyone start a fight with him. We lost contact after graduation but I will forever remember my sadness when I read about his murder in the Daily News. New York's Finest really did lose one of its finest on April 19, 1977. Rest In Peace, Rob.

Civilian Lou Di Leonardo

April 26, 2020

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