On the night of September 8, 1969, Martin Fitzpatrick committed an armed robbery in nearby Canastota, prompting law enforcement to issue a “be-on-the-lookout” for the surrounding communities.
Sherrill Police Chief Thomas Reilly and Officer Robert Mumford encountered the suspect, who after some initial cooperation, shot both officers.
Mumford died the next day and Reilly passed away several days later on September 13. Now, 50 years later, their legacy is set to be honored in an upcoming documentary.
Their story will be told in the pilot episode of the documentary “Blue Legacy: The Stories Behind the Badge.” Co-Executive Producer of the documentary, Mark Spawn, said it was important to honor the legacy of the fallen officers.
Spawn, who grew up in nearby Canastota, remembers the impact the shootings had on the small community.
"[In] the articles written about the shooting you would see terms like 'shattered,' 'community shocked,' and it really did. I felt that growing up less than 10 miles away from Sherrill. I felt that as a nine-year-old kid," Spawn said.
He says the episode is still in production, and it’s anticipated it will be a few more months before it’s released.