LAWRENCE COUNTY —
On the day Jerry McCarthy observed his one-year anniversary with a police department in Lawrence County, he died on duty.
William J. McCarthy IV, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. Thursday after the cruiser he was riding in was T-boned in New Castle.
McCarthy had retired from the Grove City police department and was working part time for the Shenango Township, Lawrence County, police and part time for Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa as a detective and humane officer.
“We have a lot of animal issues,” Lamancusa explained at a news conference Friday. McCarthy “protected animals from people.” He said McCarthy was ideal in that position because he had “infinite patience, he was not easily offended and was a good man.”
Lamancusa called McCarthy a family man, with three children and two stepchildren.
“We lost a brother, a good friend and a great man,” Lamancusa said.
McCarthy was a passenger in the cruiser, driven by another part-time policeman. They were attempting to get in front of a car being pursued by New Castle police so they could lay spike strips to slow it down and were traveling on a parallel street.
The fleeing car, driven by Kylee Gwen Barletto, 25, of New Castle, rammed their cruiser broadside at South Cascade Street and Warren Avenue.
Barletto, who was injured in the crash, faces 15 charges including manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, homicide by vehicle and fleeing or attempting to elude police.
CNHI News Service