Coleman Regis McDonough

Coleman Regis McDonough, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed at the scene of a domestic disturbance in Hazelwood on July 6, 1965.

Leroy Scott, 25, had gone to the Godfrey residence after midnight on July 5 to see his 16-year old girlfriend, Linda Godfrey, whom he had been barred from seeing. When her father, Aaron, intervened, an argument ensued and police were called to the scene. When police responded, Scott shot McDonough, a former professional football player. Two other officers were injured. Aaron Godfrey was also killed, shot mistakenly by police.

Scott fled and committed suicide.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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