SHERRILL, N.Y. - 50 years ago, two police officers were killed in the city of Sherrill, and the incident is now the subject of a pilot episode for a new documentary.
On Sept. 8 1969, Robert Mumford and chief Thomas Reilly were shot and killed by a man named Martin Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick committed an armed robbery in Canastota, and officers put out a be-on-the-lookout for surrounding communities. That's how Mumford and Reilly got involved.
"Officer Mumford stopped the vehicle that matched the description, they called chief Reilly at home, somehow the suspect learned one of the victims from the robbery was going to come to the scene to possibly identify him and shortly there after they were shot," said Robert Drake, police chief with the Sherrill Police Department.
Drake says its important to honor Mumford and Reilly, and any other officers that have been killed in the line of duty.
"The best way to honor an officer that's fallen is to remember what happen and they gave the ultimate sacrifice and they're trying to protect their community and at the same time make sure it doesn't happen to you or your officers," Drake said.
The documentary is called Blue Legacy: The Story Behind the Badge. It is currently in production by The Spawn Group, LLC out of California.
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