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Cadet Alfred E. Harrell | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

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Alfred E. Harrell

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, December 31, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 19

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .44 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Cadet Alfred Harrell was shot and killed by a sniper at 2255 hours while working the gate at the Central Lockup.

The sniper fired a .44 caliber carbine from a field 280 feet away. Cadet Harrell was scheduled to end his shift only five minutes later.

Minutes after killing Cadet Harrell, the suspect shot Sergeant Edwin Hosli, who was searching a nearby warehouse after an alarm went off. Sergeant Hosli succumbed to his wounds on March 5, 1973.

On January 7, 1973, the suspect also shot and killed Deputy Superintendent Louis Sirgo, Patrolman Paul Persigo, and Patrolman Philip Coleman after setting fires and shooting at civilians in a hotel. The suspect, who was a member of the Black Panthers, was shot and killed by police, who used a Marine helicopter to fly over the hotel and fire at the him.

Cadet Harrell had been employed with the New Orleans Police Department for less then one year, and is survived by his wife and 9-month-old son.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and 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
January 3, 2012

 

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