End of Watch: Thursday, January 25, 1940
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 25, 1940
Incident Location: Patrol car
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Case Status: Closed
Patrolman Von R. McClelland was shot to death by his detective car partner, Sergeant Walter B. Smith, during an argument in the car.
After two (2) trials and two (2) hung juries, Sergeant Smith pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and took a two (2) year suspended sentence. He said he fired in self defense.
Patrolman McClelland had been with the agency for five (5) years. He is survived by his wife and son.
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