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Corporal N. Bruce McKay, III | Franconia Police Department, New Hampshire Franconia Police Department, New Hampshire


N. Bruce McKay, III

Franconia Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch: Friday, May 11, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 44K

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed by a civilian

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Corporal Bruce McKay was shot and killed during a motor vehicle stop.

Corporal McKay pulled over a suspect for speeding on Route 116. The suspect then fled in his vehicle, leading the officer on a brief pursuit. The officer pulled his cruiser in front of the suspect's vehicle, forcing him off the road. Corporal McKay then used pepper spray on the suspect while attempting to take him into custody. After being pepper sprayed, the suspect produced a handgun and shot the officer four times, killing him. The suspect then ran over the officer.

A civilian witnessed the incident and pulled his vehicle between the suspect's vehicle and Corporal McKay, in an effort to shield him. The civilian, a former United States Marine, then exited his vehicle and rushed to the officer's aid. He grabbed Corporal McKay's gun, while his son called for help on Corporal McKay's radio. The civilian then ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. When the suspect refused, the civilian shot and killed the suspect.

The suspect had previously been convicted of assaulting Corporal McKay during a vehicle stop in 2003.

Corporal McKay had served with the Franconia Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his daughter, fiancee, parents, and sister.

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Eight years have passed and still I weep, not for me alone, Bruce, but for our children. They will be forever burdened by your loss. I think of all the citizens you served and how they'll never understand you were more than an officer behind the badge. I think of your/my family and how gracious they have been in spite of their grief. I've learned to tuck you neatly inside my heart, always safe. Your gift of love has given me the strength to move forward and love again. For your guidance and the little signs just when I need them most, I will always be grateful.

Sharon Cairns
Formerly fiancee of Corporal Bruce McKay
May 11, 2015


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