Corporal N. Bruce McKay, III

Corporal N. Bruce McKay, III

Franconia Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Friday, May 11, 2007

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N. Bruce McKay, III

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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 44K

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed by a civilian

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Wow. I was brought here after watching the two incidents involving Officer McKay and “Niko?”. Niko was obviously a troubled young man and it’s sad that he took out his vengeance and rage against this well respected man. It’s a very sad story and my heart goes out to the McKay family. It saddens me deeply to hear of this and exacerbates my respect for all law enforcement and proves that their job is one that is full of danger. But they do it to protect the population. Corporal McKay truly is a hero and an inspiration to not only me but I’m sure many more people around the globe.

Bobby B
No Relationship/Avid Law Enforcement Enthusiast

June 30, 2019

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