Police Officer Phillip S. McDonald

Police Officer Phillip S. McDonald

Rome Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 15, 1920

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Phillip S. McDonald

Officer Phillip McDonald was struck and killed by a fleeing truck following a vehicle pursuit of a burglary suspect. The pursuit ended 25 miles away in Herkimer. Officer McDonald, one of several officers in pursuit, got past the truck a considerable distance. He got out of his patrol car, drew his revolver, and pointed it at the approaching driver. Forseeing arrest the driver jumped from the drivers seat and the driverless truck struck Officer McDonald.

The suspect was captured minutes later. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison.

Officer McDonald had served with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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I said a little prayer today for Police Officer McDonald and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

December 14, 2015

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