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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

Incident Date: 10/30/1976

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: 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 fifth time in August, 2009. His next parole hearing is in June, 2013.

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

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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 37th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 2, 2014

 

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