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Lake Placid Police Department

End of Watch: August 12, 1954 

Patrolman Richard E. PelkeyLake Placid Police Department

Patrolman Pelkey was shot and killed in a standoff with a burglar at a cabin in Lake Placid, New York. Patrolman Pelkey and other officers had cornered a wanted daytime burglar who was an AWOL Air Force Major. The suspect, hiding in a shower stall, opened fire, striking three officers, mortally wounding Officer Pelkey. The suspect was later caught in Reno, Nevada, tried and convicted of second-degree murder, but only served fourteen years in prison. The suspect was later killed in an automobile accident in 1970.

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End of Watch On This Date

November 29, 1971 

Sergeant Michael F. McNeil, Jr.Albany Police Department

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