Constable Coleman Boyd McAteer

Constable Coleman Boyd McAteer

Lancaster County Magistrate's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, August 14, 1947

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Coleman Boyd McAteer

Constable Coleman McAteer was shot and killed while assisting a county deputy arrest a man wanted for murdering two men in Union County, North Carolina.

The officers located the man's car on SC 200, approximately three miles north of Lancaster. As they pulled alongside of it the man opened fire on them, striking the constable in the chest and the deputy in the hand. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and struck the suspect several times. As a result of his wounds, the deputies hand had to be amputated.

The 32-year-old suspect, who was a former police officer in Waxhaw, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Febuary 24, 1948.

Constable McAteer had served as a military policeman guarding German POWs during WWII. He was survived by his fiancee.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

murder suspect

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Constable McAteer,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 14, 2022

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