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Von R. McClelland

End of Tour: Thursday, January 25, 1940Fallen Hero
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Not available
Age: 28
Incident Date: Thursday, January 25, 1940
Incident Location: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Sergeant Walter B. Smith
Weapon Involved: Handgun
Case Status: Closed


Patrolman McClelland was shot to death by his detective car partner, Sergeant Walter B. Smith, during an argument in the car.

After two trials and two hung juries, Sergeant Smith pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and took a two year suspended sentence. He said he fired in self defense.

Patrolman McClelland was survived by his wife and son. He had been with the agency for 5 years.

Louisville Division of Police