Police Officer Dennis McMahon

Police Officer Dennis McMahon

Virginia City Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 1863

Dennis McMahon

Police Officer McMahon and Police Officer Thomas Reed were shot and killed while attempting to arrest an outlaw. The suspect shot both officers in the chest and then fled.

The suspect was arrested a short time later and was subsequently acquitted at trial. The man was later shot and killed when he attempted to shoot another man in a saloon.

The shooting of the two officers was heard by their friend, Samuel Clemens, better known as the legendary author Mark Twain. Accounts of the shootings appeared in several of Mark Twain's writings.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer McMahon, it has been 150 years today since you were taken from us, and you are not forgotten. Thank you so much for your service. You lived as a hero and will forever be remembered as one.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

April 12, 2013

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