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Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff | Greenfield Police Department, Ohio Greenfield Police Department, Ohio


Thomas G. Caniff

Greenfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, May 15, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/1/1933

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Caniff succumbed to a gunshot wound received two weeks earlier while investigating a grocery store burglary. The suspect, who was hiding behind the counter, suddenly jumped up and opened fire, striking Patrolman Caniff in the liver.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Caniff's murder and sentenced to death. The suspect committed suicide in jail prior to his execution date.

Patrolman Caniff had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his wife.

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My grandfather told me that my great uncle, Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff, gave his murderer money to eat just hours before the killing .

Thomas Scott King
Great uncle
January 21, 2017


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