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Lieutenant Michael J. Maguschak, Sr. | Mingo Junction Police Department, Ohio Mingo Junction Police Department, Ohio


Michael J. Maguschak, Sr.

Mingo Junction Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 30, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 6

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Lieutenant Maguschak was shot and killed as he investigated a prowler call at a home on Longview Drive. The homeowner had called officers to report the prowler in the basement garage.

When Lieutenant Maguschak arrived at the scene the homeowner, armed with a shotgun, accompanied him to the garage. They confronted the man in the garage and ordered him to show his hands. The man refused to do so, took a step towards the men, and suddenly produced a handgun from behind his back and opened fire. One of the rounds struck Lieutenant Maguschak in the shoulder. Despite being wounded, he, and the homeowner, returned fire, striking the suspect.

Lieutenant Maguschak was transported to Ohio Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Upon investigation it was determined that the suspect was a parolee violator wanted for shooting a county sheriff's deputy the previous day. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison on May 9, 2012.

Lieutenant Maguschak had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, daughter, mother, and two brothers. He was predeceased by a second daughter.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the forty-first 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.

You will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes,

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you our for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am sure you are proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 30, 2011


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