Major Alister C. McGregor

Major Alister C. McGregor

East Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Thursday, December 27, 2001

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Alister C. McGregor

Major Alister McGregor was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a training exercise with the department's SWAT team.

The exercise included a scenario involving a hostage situation on board a school bus. Major McGregor was on board the bus when he was accidentally shot with an officer's sniper rifle. The officer had been granted permission to use his personal rifle during the exercise, but failed to clear the weapon of live ammunition before conducting a dry-fire. The officer was later indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Major McGregor was a state expert on the use of deadly force and helped other Rhode Island police agencies draft recommendations on how to handle school shootings.

He had been with the East Providence Police Department for 16 years, and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, training

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Jeez Al 21 years, where the heck does the time go! I remember that time you called me and said to me I was too old to be working the streets any more! Well I kept working the streets 15 more years after your untimely going away and been retired 6 years now! I was just reading some of the recent reflections people left you'd be happy and proud, things you implemented are still being done and the lives you touched my friend what a great legacy! I'm pretty sure you be touched by the remembrances and sentiments left by people you'd known and a few you likely didn't pretty amazing Al! I've been fond of repeating a saying I came across years ago "As long as a man is remembered, he is immortal" you are that my friend! I had a wee dram or two of your favorite "The Dew" in your honor and memory Al, nothing maudlin just remembering a fellow zoomie, warrior and friend-my brother actually! Well Al till next year or the next time something reminds me about you, till then.

T. Whalen (Ret.)
Retired L.A. Co.

December 28, 2022

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