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Police Officer William McNamara | Stamford Police Department, Connecticut Stamford Police Department, Connecticut

Police Officer

William McNamara

Stamford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 18, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer McNamara was accidentally shot and killed by his partner during a shootout with a robbery suspect. The two officers had responded to a robbery call at a liquor store on Washington Boulevard. They located the man in a nearby hotel lobby holding the liquor store clerk at gunpoint. When the suspect saw Officer McNamara's partner the man started to point his gun at the officer but was shot.

Officer McNamara, who was trying to get a better position on the suspect, came out of a nearby room just as the shooting took place. The partner, who saw Officer McNamara's gun, then opened turned and shot Officer McNamara, thinking he was another suspect. Officer McNamara was taken to Stamford Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The shooting was ruled accidental.

Officer McNamara was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been with the Stamford Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother and four siblings.

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Uncle billy,

I never got the chance to meet you but im very honored to be named after such an amazing person, and i will make you proud and follow in your foot steps as a fellow police officer, i will make you and the rest or our family proud, only a few more years and i am hoping to be one of the few police officers that have been in our family. aspiring

William Dube
Great Nephew
May 5, 2013


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