Police Officer Edward Costello Dollard

Police Officer Edward Costello Dollard

Monticello Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 6, 1923

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Edward Costello Dollard

Police Officer Edward Dollard was shot and killed at 3:00 am when he interrupted a burglary in progress at an auto sales store near the corner of Broadway and Oakley Avenue (modern day Lakewood Avenue) during his nightly rounds.

He noticed something suspicious about the store and as he walked around the corner two men stepped into view and one of them opened fire with a .45 caliber pistol, striking Officer Dollard once in the chest and twice in the head, killing him instantly.

Another officer who heard the shots ran to the scene and began to pursue the three suspects. The suspects fled the scene and led authorities on a long chase towards New York City. During the chase the suspects and officers traded over a dozen shots. The suspects also threw the stolen goods, including tires and a cash register, into the roadway to hinder the pursuing officers. The suspects initially avoided being apprehended but were caught a short time later after abandoning their car. The suspects still had Officer Dollard's service weapon when they were caught.

The shooter admitted to killing Officer Dollard and was sentenced to 20 years to life. The getaway driver was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to life several days before his scheduled execution date. The third suspect was also sent to prison but escaped and was never recaptured. The shooter died in prison May 22, 1951.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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The Knights Order LEMC Sullivan County Chapter has a plan to memorialize PO Dollard annually and to remind the community that Sullivan County has heroes. Will keep this reflection updated as this develops.

Knights Order LEMC
Sullivan County, NY

August 14, 2021

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