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Detective Steven McDonald | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective

Steven McDonald

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 32 years

Badge # 104

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/12/1986

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Deceased

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Detective Steven McDonald died as a result of gunshot wounds he received 31 years earlier.

Detective McDonald was on foot patrol in Central Park, in the area of East Drive near Fifth Avenue and 107th Street, when he encountered a group of teenagers he believed were preparing to commit a robbery. He and his partner split up and started to follow the teens. Detective McDonald stopped them near the boathouse on Harlem Meer. As he questioned the teens one of them drew a concealed .22 caliber revolver and fired, striking Detective McDonald in the head and neck.

Detective McDonald was transported to a local hospital where it was determined that his wounds had caused paralysis. After a lengthy rehabilitation, Detective McDonald was able to return home. He was confined to a wheelchair and needed the assistance of a machine to breathe.

The subject who shot him was paroled on September 6th, 1995. Three days later he was killed in a motorcycle accident.

On January 10th, 2017, Detective McDonald died as a direct result of complications from the gunshot wounds.

Detective McDonald is survived by his wife and son, who followed in his father's footsteps, joining the New York City Police Department, earning his detective shield, and eventually earning a promotion to sergeant.

Detective McDonald served with the New York City Police Department for 31 years and was assigned to the Central Park Precinct.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Detective McDonald died from his injuries sustained 31 years earlier.

To the McDonald family, fellow officers, and all who called him beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. You led by example for many years after the incident that changed your life.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Detective McDonald gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 10, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
April 25, 2017

 

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