Trooper William V. McDonagh

Trooper William V. McDonagh

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 14, 1975

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William V. McDonagh

Trooper McDonagh was shot and killed after responding to a dispute. While enroute to the call the suspect shot and killed his girlfriend who had called for police assistance. When Trooper McDonagh arrived he was shot and killed by the suspect. Back up units arrived and shot and killed the suspect, who refused to drop his weapon.

Trooper McDonagh had been with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3478

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed by officers

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State Police remember NYS Trooper killed in Sugar Loaf
Posted on Mid Hudson News December 15, 2019

ALBANY – It has been 44 years since State Trooper William McDonagh was killed in a shootout in Sugar Loaf.

He was 24 at the time of his death on December 14, 1975.

Trooper McDonagh had been dispatched to investigate a quarrel. A man shot and killed his girlfriend near the phone booth she used to call for help. When Trooper McDonagh arrived at the scene of the woman’s murder, he was shot by the killer. A backup patrol killed the assailant when he refused to surrender.

Trooper McDonagh had been on the force for two years and was assigned to the Monroe barracks.

Retired Police Officer

December 15, 2019

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