Patrolman Richard Harold McEvoy

Patrolman Richard Harold McEvoy

Spencer Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, March 24, 1982

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Richard Harold McEvoy

Patrolman Richard McEvoy succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on September 14th, 1971, while he and the police chief investigated a suspicious man standing outside of a gas station at 232 East Main Street, in East Brookfield. The chief was also shot and wounded during the incident.

The man was an escapee from a state mental hospital. After shooting the chief and Patrolman McElvoy, the subject took a woman hostage. He was sentenced to 36 to 40 years in prison but was released after serving only 10 years.

The shooting left Patrolman McEvoy paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. His condition continued to worsen and he eventually succumbed to his wounds.

Patrolman McEvoy was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Spencer Police Department for four years at the time of the shooting. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 14, 1971
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released in 1981

EDP, escapee, suspicious person

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David Prouty High School class of '63, Dick and I went off to Air Force basic training together in 1964. Dick survived one of the most difficult Air Force jobs of the '60s - doing air base perimeter defense in Vietnam.
After our stints our pathways verged. On returning to the states Dick had one driving ambition - to be a cop in our hometown. Dick's innate kindness and compassion toward an obvious mentally ill patient, sadly became the cause of his death. During the constant pain of his ensuing years, I had the humbling privilege of anointing him, bringing him Holy Communion, and then concelebrating his funeral at our home parish, St Mary's church, in Spencer. Dick, through the years I continue to offer the Liturgy for you. You were a friend and true hero - in Vietnam and in Spencer. May your memory be eternal

Rt. Rev. Lawrence G Gosselin, USAF (Ret)
Friend and classmate

July 6, 2020

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