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Policeman Aeneas McDonald | Geneva Police Department, New York Geneva Police Department, New York

Policeman

Aeneas McDonald

Geneva Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 19, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1955

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Policeman Aeneas McDonald was shot and killed during a running gun battle with two safe thieves. The two suspects were attempting to break into a safe at a local train depot when they were interrupted by a railroad police officer. The officer began chasing the men, exchanged gunfire, but the men were able to escape.

A short time later a citizen called the police station to report a prowler. Policeman McDonald responded to the scene and spotted a suspect. As he climbed through a hole in the fence in pursuit of the man the suspect ambushed him and shot him four times. Despite his wounds, Policeman McDonald was able to grab onto the suspect and hold him until two citizens arrived to assist him.

While awaiting trial the suspect escaped from the Ontario County Jail on May 5, 1920. He was recaptured April 11, 1926. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He was paroled Febuary 25, 1955, but was sent back to prison a few weeks later for violating his parole. Two other suspects were also arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 19, 2010

 

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