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Police Officer William P. Staples | Everett Police Department, Massachusetts Everett Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

William P. Staples

Everett Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 5, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed

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Officer William Staples and Officer John Lonergan were shot and killed by a suspect who had been annoying young women.

When the call came in, Officers Staples and Lonergan responded and attempted to arrest the suspect on Harris Avenue. Unexpectedly, the suspect ran into a nearby yard and turned and fired, killing Patrolman Staples with shots to the throat and chest.

Officer Lonergan, joined by a Patrolman Brooks, continued to pursue the suspect who ran toward a neighboring house and, upon approaching the house, turned and shot Officer Lonergan in the abdomen. The officer, while mortally injured, continued to fire in the direction of the fleeing suspect. The suspect forced his way into a house at gunpoint forcing the occupant out of the house. The suspect then began shooting at responding patrolman through the windows of the home. When the shooting stopped, police officers carefully entered the home and located the suspect hiding in a closet. When he refused to give himself up, they fired into the closet causing him to surrender. He was arrested and charged with murder. Officer Lonergan was rushed to Whidden Hospital where he died five days later.

The suspect was declared insane and sent to an insane asylum.

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Police Officer John J. Lonergan
Everett Police Department, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Monday, May 10, 1926
Cause: Gunfire

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William Staples is my great great grandfather who my father never met since he was killed a year before he was born. I never new the complete story of his murder until today. When news articles were sent to me by my cousin. I've been a police officer in the City of Malden Ma for the past 28 yrs. I know why now.
Rest in Peace William your family goes on !

Lieutenant Jon Crannell
Malden Police Department
June 2, 2016


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