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Police Officer Neal R. Courtney | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Neal R. Courtney

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, April 26, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Courtney was stabbed to death by a 71-year-old vagrant near a vacant lot on North Seventh Street. Officer Courtney had instructed the man to extinguish a small camp fire that the man had set. When the man refused Officer Courtney began to put it out with his foot. The man picked up a lighted stick and struck Officer Courtney in the face. After a short pursuit the a struggle ensued and the suspect produced a small pen knife. During the struggle Officer Courtney received numerous stab wounds to his face and neck and his jugular vein was severed. The suspect was apprehended by a watchman who witnessed the incident.
Officer Courtney was survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter. His father and brother were also members of the police department.

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I am privileged to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 26, 2012


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