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Assistant Inspector Patrick J. Clune | Newport Police Department, Rhode Island Newport Police Department, Rhode Island

Assistant Inspector

Patrick J. Clune

Newport Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Saturday, March 5, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Inspector Clune was shot and killed while questioning two juveniles in his office about the theft of several guns from an armory. Several of the guns were on Inspector Clune's desk and during the interview one of the boys picked one up and asked if it was loaded. Inspector Clune told him it was not and as he reached to take it from the boy it discharged and struck Inspector Clune in the abdomen.
Inspector Clune was a U.S. Army vet of WWI and had been with the agency for 17 years he was survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 5, 2012


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