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Douglas Mayville

Detective Douglas H. Mayville - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Detective Douglas Mayville died as the result of long term chemical exposure.

He was exposed to toxic chemicals while working in the department's forensic lab. He medically retired in 1997 as a result of the exposure and his condition continued to worsen until he passed away on April 4th, 2014.

Detective Mayville had served with the Albany Police Department for 26 years. He is survived by his wife.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/22334-detective-douglas-h-mayville

Kenneth Wilcox

Detective Kenneth P. Wilcox - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Detective Kenneth Wilcox was killed in an automobile accident on I-90, at approximately 2:45 am, while conducting an investigation.

His unmarked vehicle struck a guardrail, crossed all of the travel lanes of the highway, and struck a concrete divider on the opposite side.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Detective Wilcox had served with the Albany Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his 13-year-old daughter and parents.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/18305-detective-kenneth-p-wilcox

John Finn

Lieutenant John F. Finn - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, February 12, 2004

Lieutenant John Finn succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 6 weeks earlier during a foot chase of a robbery suspect.

During the chase, the suspect turned around and opened fire, striking Lieutenant Finn three times. One of the rounds was stopped by his vest, one struck him in the leg, and the third entered his torso between two panels of the vest. The officer was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the chest several times, wounding him. Lieutenant Finn was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he remained in critical condition until his death 6 weeks later.

The suspect was originally charged with attempted murder, but will face revised charges as a result of Lieutenant Finn's death.

The killer pleaded guilty to a 10-count indictment, including two counts of first degree murder. On August 18th, 2004, he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Lieutenant Finn had served with the Albany Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/17195-lieutenant-john-f-finn

Guy Barringer

Police Officer Guy J. Barringer - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Friday, April 10, 1987

Officer Barringer suffered a fatal heart attack after he became involved in a car chase, which turned into a foot chase. Officer Barringer struggled with the suspect and later died at home of a heart attack attributed to the pursuit. Officer Barringer had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/1531-police-officer-guy-j-barringer

Michael McNeil, Jr.

Sergeant Michael F. McNeil, Jr. - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Monday, November 29, 1971

Sergeant Michael McNeil was shot and killed while questioning a member of a motorcycle gang. Sergeant McNeil was driving a police matron home when he witnessed a car travel through a red light. The vehicle matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery in the next town.

After stopping the vehicle, Sergeant McNeil noticed a discrepancy with the registration so he ordered the occupants of the car to follow him back to his station. He brought the driver inside to question him. When he went back outside to question the passengers he found they had escaped.

Sergeant McNeil called for back up and started to search for the remaining occupants of the car. He found one of the suspects on Chestnut Street and he ordered him into the patrol car. As Sergeant McNeil got back into the patrol car, the suspect shot him twice, killing him instantly.

The suspect escaped but was captured later in the morning in a neighboring city. The suspect was out on $50,000 bail for an assault in Connecticut and was also wanted for a separate murder. He was convicted of Sergeant McNeil\'s murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He died in prison while serving the sentence.

Sergeant McNeil had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons and two brothers. One of brothers also served as an Albany police officer.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/9122-sergeant-michael-f-mcneil-jr

Edward  Stevens

Police Officer Edward C. Stevens - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Friday, November 26, 1971

Police Officer Edward Stevens was killed while assisting an ambulance crew.

Officer Stevens and two other officers responded to assist an ambulance crew who was attempting to transport the suspect to a psychiatric hospital. The suspect refused to cooperate with the ambulance crew and the officers and returned to her apartment and closed the door. One of the ambulance crew was able to look into the suspect’s apartment and saw her point a rifle at the door.

The officers attempted to move away from the door but the suspect fired her rifle. The bullet grazed one of the assisting officers in the back of the head and struck Officer Stevens in the neck. Officer Stevens was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the afternoon.

The suspect surrendered to the police and she was charged in the murder of Officer Stevens. The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Police Officer Stevens served seven years with the Albany Police Department and is survived by his wife and son.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/12787-police-officer-edward-c-stevens

Thomas McAvoy

Sergeant Thomas P. McAvoy - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 28, 1964

Sergeant McAvoy was shot and killed after responding to a push in robbery.

When Sergeant McAvoy arrived a citizen informed him that a man was inside the house with a shotgun and there was a woman and children being held hostage. Sergeant McAvoy left his revolver holstered and entered the house with only a flashlight in hand so not to endanger the children. When Sergeant McAvoy entered the house the suspect grabbed him sat him in a kitchen chair in front of the kids, and shot him in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then kicked Sgt. McAvoy, stole the officer\'s badge, identification and revolver, shot the officer again in the chest, then picked up both spent shotgun shells.

A back-up officer arrived and the kids motioned with their heads for the back-up officer not to enter the house. As the back-up summoned assistance from the police radio in his unit, the suspect escaped through the rear yards to his car parked at State Street and North Pine Street. The massive ensuing manhunt failed to capture the suspect.

The suspect’s car struck a truck in Chicago in February of 1964 and was brought to the hospital and was subsequently arrested by the FBI for the murder of Sergeant McAvoy. A search of the suspect’s car revealed sergeant McAvoy\'s revolver beneath the driver\'s seat. The suspect later died in prison.

Sergeant McAvoy had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/8772-sergeant-thomas-p-mcavoy

Francis Castle

Police Officer Francis W. Castle - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Monday, February 6, 1961

Officer Castle was killed when he was struck by a 40-ton road grader while directing traffic.

Officer Castle had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/2911-police-officer-francis-w-castle

Samuel  Robinson

Police Officer Samuel B. Robinson - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Monday, May 13, 1957

Police Officer Samuel Robinson was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call. Officer Robinson and his partner were responding to a domestic disturbance when they were struck by another vehicle at Madison and South Lake Avenues. After colliding with the vehicle, the patrol car struck a tree head on, throwing Officer Robinson out of the car. Officer Robinson was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries shortly thereafter.

Officer Robinson is survived by his wife, two sons, parents and a brother.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/11397-police-officer-samuel-b-robinson

William Fitzpatrick

Chief William J. Fitzpatrick - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Friday, January 5, 1945

Chief Fitzpatrick was shot and killed by a detective following a dispute. The detective was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Chief Fitzpatrick had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/4898-chief-william-j-fitzpatrick

Francis Keys

Police Officer Francis V. Keys - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Friday, April 24, 1936

Officer Keys was wounded when he stopped two young men on a motorcycle who went through a red light. The 17-year-old driver gave a fictitious name and could produce neither his driver\'s license nor registration for the motorcycle. Another officer stayed with the motorcycle and sent Officer Keyes, with the two men, to the 5th Precinct located on Central Avenue near North Lake Avenue.

At Central Avenue and Quail, one suspect stuck a .32-cal pistol in Officer Keyes\' ribs and ordered the officer to drive past the patrol car and told his accomplice to take the officer\'s gun. The second suspect, however, fled. Officer Keyes then exited the car and struggled with the first suspect. The suspect shot Officer Keyes in the right chest and fled. Officer Keyes returned fire, emptying his revolver at the fleeing suspect, but missed. Officer Keyes then collapsed on the hood of a passing motorist who witnessed the incident. The witness drove Officer Keyes to the hospital where the officer died 8 days later from pneumonia, a resulting complication of the shooting. One was subsequently arrested as he stepped off a train in Plattsburgh, New York and charged with murder. The co-defendant, a 13 year old, was later arrested and charged with Juvenile Delinquency.

Officer Keys had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his daughter.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/7514-police-officer-francis-v-keys

Walter Major

Sergeant Walter Major - Albany Police Department

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 16, 1921

Sergeant Walter Major was accidentally shot and killed as he and another detective attempted to unload a semi-automatic pistol at the 2nd Precinct station house.

The handgun discharged and struck Sergeant Major in the head, killing him.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/21398-sergeant-walter-major

Darius  Quimby

Constable Darius Quimby - Albany County Constable's Office

End of Watch: Monday, January 3, 1791

Constable Darius Quimby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on a trespassing warrant. The suspect was found guilty of murdering Constable Quimby in the July session of the New York State Supreme Court and was hanged on August 26, 1791.

Constable Quimby is the first known law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in the United States.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/16907-constable-darius-quimby