Police Officer Michael McAllister

Police Officer Michael McAllister

South Haven Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, January 9, 1976

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Michael McAllister

Officer McAllister was shot and killed while searching a suspect after responding to a report of gunshots. When he arrived on the scene he located the suspect and began to pat him down. With his back to Officer McAllister during the search, the suspect suddenly fired a gun through his own coat, striking Officer McAllister in the stomach three times. The suspect was apprehended a short distance away.

At the time of the shooting the suspect was wanted for the October 9, 1971, hijacking of a Eastern Airlines 747 and its 44 passengers and crew to Havana. It was discovered that he stayed in Cuba four years before secretly returning to the United States. He was sentenced to life with no parole on September 10, 1976.

Officer McAllister had been with the agency for 15 years. He was the father of five children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest well Sir. We honor your memory.

Captain Michael McAllister
Lewis Co. Dist. 16 Fire Department

January 9, 2015

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