Patrolman Robert Emmett McGalin

Patrolman Robert Emmett McGalin

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 25, 1929

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Robert Emmett McGalin

Patrolman McGalin was shot and killed after he and his partner were flagged down by a citizen who had just seen a suspect who had held him up earlier. As the citizen pointed out the suspect the officers observed the suspect throw an object between two houses. Patrolman McGalin's partner went to investigate leaving Patrolman McGalin with the citizen. At some point while Patrolman McGalin was alone with the citizen the suspect approached and shot and killed Patrolman McGalin in Woods Alley between 9th and 10th Streets.

The suspect was captured two days later in Dayton, Ohio. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman McGalin had served with the Louisville Police Department for almost ten years.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 9 years, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 13, 2013

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