Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 9/14/1971
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Released in 1981
Patrolman Richard McEvoy succumbed to gunshot wound sustained on September 14th, 1971, earlier while he and the police chief investigated a suspicious man standing outside of a gas station at 232 East Main Street, in East Brookfield. The chief was also shot and wounded during the incident.
The man was an escapee from a state mental hospital. After shooting the chief and Patrolman McElvoy he took a woman hostage. He was sentenced to 36 to 40 years in prison, but was released after serving only 10 years.
The shooting left Patrolman McEvoy paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. His condition continued to worsen and he eventually succumbed to his wounds.
Patrolman McEvoy had served with the Spencer Police Department for four years at the time of the shooting. He was survived by his wife.