Family, friends and members of the NYPD gathered at the 101 Precinct in Queens to celebrate the heroic life of Officer Gadelltoday, 30 years after his murder. A brass plaque now hangs in the station house to ensure his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Police Officer Gadell was shot and killed while he and his partner were trying to apprehend a man armed with a 9mm handgun had shot at two other people. As Officer Gadell was reloading his revolver after gun battle, the suspect shot and killed him.
“Scott’s murder prompted the NYPD to use speed loader revolvers and eventually move into semi-automatic pistols,’’ Chief of Department James O’Neill said during Wednesday’s ceremony. “Scott was a hero for the way he lived and for what he helped accomplish. He believed good should prevail over evil and he worked to make it so.”
The perpetrator was later apprehended, convicted of Officer Gadell’s murder and sentenced to 25 years to life.
Officer Gadell was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for one year.