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Patrolman William F. McDonald | Binghamton Police Department, New York Binghamton Police Department, New York


William F. McDonald

Binghamton Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 30, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 48

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1945

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Patrolman William McDonald was shot and killed while questioning a robbery suspect. The man was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The suspect was paroled in 1945. On December 17, 1948, he shot and killed the proprietor of a store he got into an argument with in Gravity, Pennsylvania. He was convicted of first degree murder and sent back to prison for life on June 20, 1949.

Patrolman McDonald had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his expectant wife and 1-year-old son and is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnson City, Broome County, New York.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman McDonald and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
November 22, 2015


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