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Chief of Police Thomas P. Reilly | Sherrill Police Department, New York Sherrill Police Department, New York

Chief of Police

Thomas P. Reilly

Sherrill Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, September 13, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/9/1969

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Died in prison

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Chief Thomas Reilly and Patrolman Robert Mumford were shot and killed while questioning a man they had pulled over about a gas station robbery. The suspect then drove to a nearby home in Munnsville and forced a woman and her two daughters, ages four and six, to drive him in their car to Syracuse. He released his hostages in downtown Syracuse. Syracuse Police arrested the suspect the next day.

Both officers were transported to Oneida County Hospital where Patrolman Mumford was pronounced dead and Chief Reilly died four days later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in February, 1971. On January 7, 1974 he was re-sentenced to 50 years to life. Charges of armed robbery and kidnapping were dismissed because a judge ruled the suspect was denied his right to a speedy trial. The killer died in prison in 2008.

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Patrolman Robert A. Mumford
Sherrill Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 9, 1969
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 11, 2013

 

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