Trooper William V. McDonagh

Trooper William V. McDonagh

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 14, 1975

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William V. McDonagh

Trooper McDonagh was shot and killed after responding to a dispute. While enroute to the call the suspect shot and killed his girlfriend who had called for police assistance. When Trooper McDonagh arrived he was shot and killed by the suspect. Back up units arrived and shot and killed the suspect, who refused to drop his weapon.

Trooper McDonagh had been with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3478

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed by officers

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Billy was the president of the Student Council and a star basketball player at our HS in the Bronx, St, Nicholas of Tolentine. He was a wonderful person and a great role model for many of the underclassmen at the school. It is a senseless tragedy which robbed the world of this fine person. I pray for him to RIP with the Lord and for his family who were left behind.

Tom P
HS classmate

August 24, 2018

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