Killed in cold blood
Corporal John Novabilski
It was about 1 a.m. The team of investigators was spread out so they wouldn't be spotted. But, McLean had apparently sensed that the police were waiting for him. He silently emerged from the nearby woods and bushes, snuck up on Agent Christian and shot him several times through the driver side window with his MAC-11 assault pistol. The 20-year FBI veteran never had time to draw his gun.
Special Agent William Christian
When police found McLean, there were two guns lying near his body-the MAC-11 assault pistol and the stolen service weapon that belonged to Corporal John Novabilski. McLean, as it turned out, had assassinated both officers. There was no motive in either attack, except that McLean hated cops and loved to kill.
He never saw the two gang members enter the dimly lit restaurant. He didn't even have a chance to draw his weapon. The murderers quickly walked up behind him, shot him twice in the back and then ran out the door. The entire incident lasted less than 30 seconds. It turns out that the gang members who committed the cowardly assassination didn't even know Officer Haaf. They just wanted to kill a police officer.
Officer Jerry Haaf
Sadly, Derwin Brown was not the first sheriff-elect to be assassinated by a beaten incumbent. On Nov. 16, 1884, Lamar County, Tex. Sheriff-elect James Black was shot and killed as he opened the front door of his home. He was to take office the following day. The subsequent investigation and trial revealed that the man James Black had beaten in the election, Sheriff G. M. Crook, had recruited one of his prisoners to commit the murder.
Sheriff Samuel W. Catron
Officer Richardson never did get up. He died soon after. Police investigating his murder could not ignore the fact that on the morning he was shot, Officer Richardson was scheduled to appear as a key witness against an inmate in a kidnapping and drug trial. The previous November, Officer Richardson and another correctional employee were working at a D.C. halfway house when they smelled a strange odor coming from one of the inmate's rooms. They went in and discovered crack cocaine and large amount of cash. The inmate involved then produced a gun, took both men hostage and forced them to let him escape out a back door.
On the day of his death, Officer Richardson was going to testify against that inmate, but he never got the chance. As it turned out, the police were right. A cold-blooded killer decided to keep a good man from simply doing his job.
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