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Constable Coleman McAteer | Lancaster County Magistrate's Office, South Carolina Lancaster County Magistrate's Office, South Carolina


Coleman McAteer

Lancaster County Magistrate's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, August 14, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable Coleman McAteer was shot and killed while assisting a county deputy arrest a man wanted for murdering two men in Union County, North Carolina.

The officers located the man's car on SC 200, approximately three miles north of Lancaster. As they pulled alongside of it the man opened fire on them, striking the constable in the chest and the deputy in the hand. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and struck the suspect several times. As a result of his wounds, the deputies hand had to be amputated.

The suspect, who was a former police officer in Waxhaw, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Febuary 24, 1948.

Constable McAteer had served as a military policeman guarding German POWs during WWII. He was survived by his fiancee.

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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 66th 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 21, 2013


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