Detective Sergeant Samuel Neal McDermott

Detective Sergeant Samuel Neal McDermott

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 3, 1930

Samuel Neal McDermott

Detective Sergeant McDermott succumbed to injuries received one week earlier while trying to apprehend two of six escapees from the Pulaski County Jail. He was attempting to arrest the two suspects behind the National Cemetary when he was shot.

The suspect who shot Detective Sergeant McDermott was sentenced to death but later had his sentence commuted to life. On August 18, 1933, he was shot and killed when he attempted to escape from Tucker Prison Farm.

Sergeant McDermott had been with the agency for two years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 24, 1930
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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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 83rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

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