Deputy Arthur Pelino was shot and killed by a mentally deranged suspect.
Deputy Pelino was a resident deputy in Gorman, which is located in a rural section of Los Angeles County. He had arrested a mentally deranged suspect who was known to have been violent. Deputy Pelino cancelled deputies who were responding to back him up, stating he had the situation under control. Deputy Pelino took the suspect back to his office to start the booking process.
During the booking process, the suspect started to struggle and was able to get Deputy Pelino's service weapon. The suspect shot and killed Deputy Pelino and sat down in the office.
Two of Deputy Pelino's children found him and the suspect, and ran to get help. Deputy Pelino's wife was able to get the suspect into a cell and call for assistance.
Deputy Pelino had been with the agency for 21 years and was survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters.
Tour: 21 years
Badge No.: 1145
Incident Date: 3/19/1978
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Sentenced to 2½ years
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