Patrolman William Deal

Patrolman William Deal

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, October 11, 1933

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William Deal

Patrolman Wiliam Deal was shot and killed in Scotia, New York, while attempting to arrest three men who were trespassing in the railroad's Sand Bank Yards.

The same three men had attacked and robbed a Boston and Maine Railroad Police lieutenant the previous night in Mechanicville. During that incident, the lieutenant had attempted to arrest the men for trespassing. After attacking him the men stole his revolver, badge, and money before tying him up and leaving him the woods.

Patrolman Deal was shot when he confronted the men moments after they asked a brakeman where they could jump onto a train. All three were arrested following a day-long manhunt. The man who shot Patrolman Deal was sentenced to 30 years at hard labor.

Patrolman Deal had served with the New York Central Railroad Police for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

trespasser

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My Dad spent a number of years working for the New York Central (as did his father, grandfather and brother) working the last 5 as a cop, before joining my hometown's PD. He was blessed never to have faced violence. To think these animals would assault and rob a Police Lieutenant and then MURDER another Police Officer over simple trespassing is proof that they were of no use to society and hopefully, spent the rest of their lives in prison, never seeing freedom again.

Patrolman Deal, thank you for your service in helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads. God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 25, 2019

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