On November 11, 1922, officers responded to McKeever’s Store, located at 13th Street at 6th Avenue for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, a witness stated the suspect, Henry Tucker, fled toward Troy.
On November 13, Chief Corbett, Captain Broderick and Officer Connors responded to the City of Troy in search of Henry Tucker. Shortly after their search began, the Watervliet Police Department was notified that Chief Corbett and Henry Tucker were involved in a physical confrontation near River Street which resulted in Chief Corbett being shot in the abdomen and Tucker shot twice in the head.
On November 15, Chief Corbett died from his injuries.
Chief Corbett honorably served the Watervliet Police Department for 22.5 years.