Detective Sergeant Samuel Neal McDermott

Detective Sergeant Samuel Neal McDermott

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 3, 1930

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Samuel Neal McDermott

Detective Sergeant Neal McDermott succumbed to injuries received one week earlier while trying to apprehend two of six escapees from the Pulaski County Jail.

He attempted to arrest the two suspects behind the National Cemetary when he was shot.

The suspect who shot Detective Sergeant McDermott was sentenced to death but later had his sentence commuted to life. On August 18, 1933, he was shot and killed when he attempted to escape from Tucker Prison Farm.

Sergeant McDermott had served with the Little Rock Police Department for two years and previously served as a Deputy Sheriff for at least two years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 24, 1930
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, escapee

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Thank you for your SERVICE - I never knew you, but you were my 6th cousin on the Allen side of the family.

Anne Allen Huckaby
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August 22, 2022

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