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Sergeant George L. MacPhee | Rankin Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Rankin Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sergeant

George L. MacPhee

Rankin Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, April 9, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Sergeant George MacPhee was shot and killed while attempting to arrest several subjects that he caught breaking into a store at 1 Braddock Avenue.

He had responded to the store after receiving word that it was being burglarized. As he walked up to the rear of the store he observed several subjects attempting to go through a window. He ordered them to stop and then began struggling with one of them after chasing him a short distance. During the struggle the man produced a revolver and fatally shot him four times. A borough councilman who had accompanied him witnessed the shooting. The subjects fled the area and were believed to have boarded a passing train to escape. One subject was apprehended several weeks later and charged with Sergeant MacPhee's murder. The murder charge was later dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Sergeant MacPhee had been shot in the line of duty six months earlier.

Sergeant MacPhee was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI.

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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 88th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
January 27, 2014

 

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