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Patrolman Lawrence Cooney | Roseville Police Department, Michigan Roseville Police Department, Michigan

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Lawrence Cooney

Roseville Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 15, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1963

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Patrolman Cooney and Patrolman William Oliver were shot and killed by a juvenile suspect who was being arrested for burglarizing a local gas station. The suspect and a second juvenile suspect were handcuffed together and being placed into a patrol car when one of them grabbed Patrolman Oliver's service weapon and shot him.

Patrolman Cooney, hearing the shot, rushed to the scene and was shot at by the suspects. He began to chase the suspects and as he rounded the corner he was shot several times. Although wounded, he continued to fire at the suspects. He then drove himself to the police station where he collapsed. Patrolman Oliver was taken to a local hospital by a passing milkman. Patrolman Oliver succumbed to his wounds on July 12, 1937.

The 19 year-old suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled January 25, 1963.

Patrolman Cooney was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Patrolman William Oliver
Roseville Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Monday, July 12, 1937
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

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June 15, 2015

 

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