Name : Stroud, Elijah 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 4204 Command: 080 Pct.
Date of Death: 1972-03-18   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery
 Patrolman Stroud was the 3rd New York City police officer to die in the line of duty in 1972. A former Fort Greene resident and regular customer at Irving?s Meat Market on Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn, Ptl. Stroud was off ?duty, doing his usual Saturday night shopping for the family on March 18. While in the butcher shop along with several other customers, Ptl. Stroud suddenly realized he was in the midst of a hold-up when he saw a gunman with an employee behind the counter moving toward the register. Immediately, he drew his revolver and took cover, crouching on the opposite side of the end of the counter. His back was partially turned to the door. When he identified himself, shots rang out from the doorway. A second unnoticed gunman had opened fire on the officer. Ptl. Stroud whirled around and got off two shots before he was hit in the head by a ricocheting bullet. He was slumped over, supported by the counter and possible already dead when the gunman near the register ran up, reached over the counter and shot Ptl. Stroud in the head again, at point-blank range. Shocked by the wanton slaying, the shop?s owner attempted to subdue the killer behind the counter. At this, the gunman by the door ran over and pistol-whipped the owner to the ground. The two murderers fled, without money.

Both suspect were later captured in Plainfield, New Jersey by a patrolman who recognized the suspect's car from a bulletin that had been posted. Both suspects were members of the Black Liberation Army.

Patrolman Stroud was 49 years old and had 19 years on the force. He is survived by his wife and 3 children.
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This officer showed his professionalism. He identified himself before shooting. We hear so much about cops who "shoot first, ask questions later," but nothing about cops like Stroud. He had 19 years on--almost retired. What a tragedy. RIP
— Reggie

And here's how it turned out. What a shame. The Associated Press These materials may not be republished without the express written consent of The Associated Press July 31, 1978, AM cycle LENGTH: 456 words DATELINE: NEW YORK BODY: A decorated Vietnam veteran who escaped conviction as a cop-killer by a single juror's vote filed a $160 million federal damage suit Monday, charging he was falsely accused of this and other major crimes. William Edward Rose Jr., 33, of Jersey City, N.j., was turned loose with a co-defendant April 22, 1977, by Brooklyn state Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Tscoucalas, who declared in dismissing the indictment: "I'm not saying the defenants are innocent. That's onething I won't say. But the people had ample time and opportunity to prove this case before a jury . . . At some point the pursuit must end." Rose was tried four times in the March 18, 1972, shooting death of off-duty patrolman Elijah Stroud, 49. The victim in plainclothes was shopping in a butcher shop in the predominantly black Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn when five men staged an armed robbery. He was shot to death when he interfered. Three of the five pleaded guilty to lesser charges during a five year sequence of trials in the case. The first trial ended in a hung jury in 1973. Four of the defendants still maintained innocence and were convicted of Stroud's murder in a subsequent trial only to have an appeals court overturn the verdict. In a third trial, a jury deadlocked 10-2 for conviction, and in 1977 another jury deadlocked 11-1for conviction. Rose's damage suit in U.S.District Court at Brooklyn named as defendants Mayor Edward Koch and seven policeofficials, asking $20 million indamages from each. The suit was filed by Attorney William Kunstler, who was not involved in any of Rose's trials. "By action and quality of their acts," the complaint said, "the defendants falsely, fraudulently and willfully accused plaintiff of a number of serious felonies which he did not commit, a fact that should have been known to them, in order to force him to stand trial therefore and be convicted thereof." Rose was accused and acquitted in the March 15, 1972, murder of Lawrence Cooper, three days before Stroud's slaying, as well as an armed robbery during the same month of a Bedford-Stuyvesant social club. On the various charges, Rose was held without bail for five years from 1972 to 1977. He claimed this incarceration cost him his marrieage and also wrecked his career in the U.S. Marines by preventing him from applying for a commission prior to reaching the corps' age limit of 30 years. Now a sergeant in the Marine Corps active reserve, Rose said he served 7 1/2 years in Vietnam. He came to court for the filing of the suit in his Marine Corps dress uniform, wearing medals for valor. Rose presently is employed as a machine operator with Lehman Brothers Oxyline Paints in Jersey City.
— reggie

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 5:58 am

police officer eli stroud, a great big man with a great smile and a nice mustache on a nice face. me and harry m. were rookies in the old 80 the night in march when eli was shot on fulton st in the meat market. we went in the door right after the infamous batman and robin team of greenburg and hantz . the nyfd was right behind us and i remomber the =valiant effort of a fireman to revive eli. it didn't make sense. it never does is guess. i remember him fondly. as always, my love to his family.
— mike tunstall
Posted: October 12, 2008, 4:16 pm

I was often teamed up with Eli in the radio car in the 75 pct when his regular partner Ronny Chocko was out, Although I was not a rookie he taught me a lot . His favorite subject was talking about his young son, saying that whenever his mother scolded him he would run an jump on his lap . I also remeber him for being the only cop who brown bagged it, and praised his wife for packing him a good " brown " bag As His regular partner and I attended his wake , Chocko said to me " I wonder how many more of these we are going to attend, I wonder who is next." a few weeks later Chocko was gunned down and killed in the parking lot by a drunken cop after attending another cops funeral , I lost 2 good friends and two good partners in a matter of a couple of weeks , I know that working with both of them in the 75 pct in the RMP on many occassions and listening to their words of wisdom is partly the reason I was able to reach my 20 years retirement. Reast in peacE guys , I sure miss ya 's Tony Senzamici
— Tony Senzamici
Posted: June 30, 2009, 3:09 pm

This is very nice seeing cooments about my dad 37yrs latter. Even though he has been taken, I paid him the ultimate tribute by naming my son after him thank you all
— Ian Stroud
Posted: December 16, 2009, 6:36 pm

not sure what brought me to this site today-I'm Max Levine the son of Zigi Levine who owned Irving's Meat Market-I worked in the store every Saturday but not that horrible saturday-my father is now 85 and not in great health-he and Jerry shared many interesting stories-wishing the entire Stroud family a Happy and Healthy New Year!
— Max Levine
Posted: December 20, 2009, 4:36 pm

Tomorrow is Fathers Day, and I miss my Daddy! I am not ashamed to admit I AM a Daddies Girl! Happy Fathers Day Daddy! March 18, 1972, the night my father was murdered still plays in my head... the nightmare is still with me today. What I chose to think about today is that I had the kindest, sweetest and most loving Dad a girl could ask for! He loved his children and his family unconditionally! He gave back to the community and the community he served loved him back! So much so they named a public school in his honor! One regret is that my son never knew his grandfather, never heard his infectious laugh or his beautiful singing voice! My son was cheated of having the pleasure of knowing a truly wonderful man! The good news is that my son Charles has inherited many of his grandfatherís qualities! Joyce Stroud
— Joyce Stroud
Posted: June 18, 2011, 11:37 pm

Elijah Stroud served NYC and the country , knowing the risks of he acted as a true hero . You put others before yourself. Rest in Peace
— Tommy
Posted: March 18, 2013, 7:29 am

After all these years I still miss you Uncle Jerry.May you Rest in Peace.
— Harvey Harrod
Posted: April 19, 2013, 9:31 am

my dad Zigi Levine was the owner of Irvings meat market that was pistol whipped the night Jerry was murdered-he died 2 months ago after a long illness-we spoke abt that night often-I'm sure he and Jerry are sharing stories once again!
— max levine
Posted: June 11, 2013, 10:38 am

I grew up around the corner on Grand Ave and was 7 yrs old when Elijah was killed. I do not remember the incident but do remember some Detectives visiting the meat market in late 70s during trials reviewing the crime scene. Growing up in that neighborhood as a young black kid in the ghetto I always had nothing but the utmost admiration for the cops in the eight eight and the seven seven, all I ever wanted to be was a New York City Police Officer in a Radio Car. Went on the job in 1985 got out in 1996. Rest in Peace Elijah Stroud, may God Bless you and your posterity!
— Frederick N
Posted: August 1, 2013, 11:04 pm

Elijah, we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 18, 2014, 9:28 am

Elijah we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 16, 2015, 6:54 am



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