Thursday, May 14, 2009

Remembering Westbrook's First Police Chief


Westbrook Police Chief Pierre "Pete" Harnois rushed
to the side of the house. It would be the final, frantic sprint of a decidedly
fast-paced life: Hamlin shot the 32-year-old police chief through a cellar
window and killed him. That was the scene in Limerick 50 years ago today, when a
shocking murder, shootout and suicide left three dead and two injured. The
sensational event made headlines across the country and claimed the life of
Westbrook's first full-time police chief.
The paper has also dug into its archives to provide original articles describing the frenetic event (here and here).

(Update: The AJ has its own piece marking the anniversary of Harnois's death. Besides touching upon the slain chief's biography and the Limerick shootout, Ann Fisher focuses on how the event has factored into the training of today's law enforcement.)

- John C.L. Morgan

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