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Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, Sr. | Savannah Police Department, Georgia Savannah Police Department, Georgia

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Mark Allen MacPhail, Sr.

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 19, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 212

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/19/1989

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Executed

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Officer Mark MacPhail was shot and killed while working an off duty security job at a bus station.

He was shot when he responded to the cries of a homeless man who was being robbed and pistol-whipped. The robber shot Officer MacPhail underneath his vest and then again in the head as he fell.

The subject was sentenced to death and executed on September 21, 2011, twenty-two years after his conviction.

Officer MacPhail was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Savannah Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, 1-year-old daughter, infant son, mother, and siblings, and is buried in Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

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As the first Officer to get to Mark MacPhail in the early morning hours, 25years ago today on August 19,1989, I remember vividly.
On August 19, 2014 citizens, officers, and veterans gathered at midnight to run to the site and pay respects to Mark. It was made special that his son, Mark MacPhail Jr., an infant the night his father was lost, led the run. Mark Jr. wears the badge now and carries on.
It truly was a, "We will never forget."


August 19, 2014

 

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