Officer Peter F. McElligott

Officer Peter F. McElligott

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 1968

Peter F. McElligott

Officer Peter McElligott was shot and killed in a gun battle with two robbery suspects in Golden Gate Park.

Officer McElligott and his partner spotted the suspects, who were wanted for two gas station robberies, in their car. The suspects, upon seeing the officers, made a U-turn and sped off with Officer McElligott and his partner in pursuit. When the suspect’s vehicle stopped the officers approached it and both suspects opened fire.

Officer McElligott was killed instantly and his partner was shot several times. Despite the wounds, his partner was able to return fire causing the suspects to crash their car into a tree. Both suspects were arrested shortly after by responding officers. Both were convicted of first-degree murder. One suspect was paroled in 1977 but was sent back to prison in 1979 for a parole violation. The second suspect was paroled in 1987.

Officer McElligott was survived by his wife of four months.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Both apprehended


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I have been looking for this for 49 years. I was a height street hippy. He was an honest guy. Never planted fake evidence. Oh, you were arrested for wrong. In ,,67 he spent over an hour with my parents and the same with me I was 19 and knew it all. Glad I found him to say thankyou. My parents called me Mary Jeanne Gerz, the Haight called me Lou. I'm 70 now, go figure. Still have my hippy beliefs, they were and are REAL. Thanks for letting me write this

Mary Jeanne Gerz-Udo Hippy
Haight street hippy

March 29, 2018

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