Sergeant Joseph Lacey

Sergeant Joseph Lacey

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 30, 1956

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Joseph Lacey

Sergeant Lacey was shot and killed when two armed men entered the tavern where he was enjoying a holiday drink with a friend to rob it. Sergeant Lacey, who was off-duty, attempted to draw his gun, but was shot and killed before he could.

The shooters accomplice was arrested soon after and plead guilty to first-degree murder. The shooter was arrested three years later and was found guilty of second-degree murder.

Sergeant Lacey had been with the agency for 14 years and was survived by his sister and four brothers. His Nephew, Sergeant Brian McDonnell was killed in the line of duty in 1970.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Both apprehended and convicted

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While cleaning out my grandparent house I came across a picture and article about Joe Lacy. The story my Aunt told me was that my dad found the gun that was used, and flew to SF to testify.
I was just curious as to what happened and what part my dad played in the trial.

Carrie M Pinkham-Johnson
Daughter to witness Clifford Ray Pinkham

January 20, 2019

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