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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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When I was 14yrs old and growing up in North Stamford,I was in a sledding accident on 12/18/1973 and I had some facial cuts that required some sewing up.
My mother took me down to Stamford hospital to be treated. Half way into being treated I heard a big commotion among the hospital staff and over heard that they were bringing in a police officer that had been shot.I saw the officer as they took me out and brought him in.He was in a lot of pain.
The Dr's and nurses were really hustling to save this mans life.Unfortunately they were unable to do so.
That was 44 years ago the memory is burned into my mind and think about every time I see on the news about an officer being killed.
God's grace on officer Mc Namara and his family.

My prayers will be with you all,

Bill Kayser

Bill Kayser
January 18, 2017


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