Murder officer remembered
Greater Sudbury Police remembered an officer gunned down 26 years ago on Monday during a traffic stop.
“Today and every day, we honour and remember our brother and friend, Constable Joseph MacDonald, who gave his life 26 years ago protecting our community,” the police service said on its Twitter account. “He will forever be a hero in life, not death, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
MacDonald was conducting a routine traffic stop on Gordon Street in New Sudbury early Oct. 7, 1993, when he got into a gunfight with two men and killed.
He had stopped a car driven by Peter Pennett, whose passenger, Clinton Suzack, was wanted for a parole violation.
He began to fill out a ticket and almost immediately was attacked by Pennett and Suzack, sustaining a broken leg as he fought for his life.
Pennett and Suzack were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in jail with no chance for parole.