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Deputy Sheriff William Fitzgerald | Westchester County Sheriff's Department, New York Westchester County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff

William Fitzgerald

Westchester County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, September 13, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/13/1968

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Died in prison

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Deputy Fitzgerald was shot and killed as he and another deputy transported three prisoners from the Auburn Correctional Facility to the Westchester County Courthouse for court appearances. As they pulled off of the New York State Thruway the inmates attempted to escape. One of the inmates gained control of Deputy Fitzgerald's service revolver and shot him. The other deputy shot and killed one of the inmates and wounded the inmate who shot Deputy Fitzgerald.

The prisoner who killed Deputy Fitzgerald was sentenced to death but had the sentenced reduced to life in 1972 when the death sentence was ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. He died in prison November 19, 2001. The other inmate was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled September 6, 2007.

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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 45th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 11, 2013

 

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