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Patrolman Paul N. Luther | Mechanicville Police Department, New York Mechanicville Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Paul N. Luther

Mechanicville Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, October 30, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 9 months

Badge # 119

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Patrolman Paul Luther was shot and killed while on patrol near a restaurant. A sniper opened fire on the establishment, fatally wounding Patrolman Luther, who had given him a speeding ticket two hours earlier. He also killed a civilian and wounded 11 other people. During the siege, he fired over 300 rounds and only quit after a fire started in his apartment.

He pleaded guilty in June 1977 to two counts of second-degree murder and 11 other charges and was sentenced to serve a sentence of 25 years to life. The killer was denied parole for a sixth time in June, 2013. His next parole hearing is in June, 2017.

Patrolman Luther was also the president of the local fire company. He was survived by his parents.

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Paul I remember we were close friends in our teenage years I remember one weekend a group of us went to Greg Connors camp in lake George we were all swimming in the lake when you lost a capped tooth and by some miracle you kept diving to you found it as we went our separate ways I remember the night I received the very bad news for the shooting that took your life I still think of you always I myself became a police officer and the badge always reminded me of its meaning to protect and serve and give our lives if it meant saving others I carried a gun for forty two years and am now retired I still love and miss you brother you mad the ultimate sacrifice God bless your family and now your in a much better place with Jesus you were my inspiration everydày I put that badge on mañy of your friends followed in your foot ßtepß Mike zurlo Ralph peluso myself just to mention à few I miss you Paul with love and daily remembering officer Paul Zullo

Paul Źullo
Friend and brother offiçer retired scotia PD
March 20, 2017

 

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