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Sergeant Joseph Lacey | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


Joseph Lacey

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 30, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Both apprehended and convicted

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Sergeant Lacey was shot and killed when two armed men entered the tavern where he was enjoying a holiday drink with a friend to rob it. Sergeant Lacey, who was off-duty, attempted to draw his gun, but was shot and killed before he could.

The shooters accomplice was arrested soon after and plead guilty to first-degree murder. The shooter was arrested three years later and was found guilty of second-degree murder.

Sergeant Lacey had been with the agency for 14 years and was survived by his sister and four brothers. His Nephew, Sergeant Brian McDonnell was killed in the line of duty in 1970.

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My father Ignatius Lynch was friends with Joe and Joe lived with my parents in their home in San Francisco at the time of his demise. I offer what my father told me as I think it helps to historically put this senseless death in 1957 in a narrative which reflects the struggle policeman have protecting and serving in these days 2016 of so much scrutiny of police in general. Story goes he walked into the bar in the Tenderloin well known and frequented by many policemen and local SF folks. He was at bar and someone said as the robbers entered " Don't go for your gun Joe!" which alerted them to his status and they shot him. My father was bitter that they did not keep their mouths shut and it would have turned out differently.

P Lynch Retired
April 17, 2016


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