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Special Agent Raymond J. Caffrey | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Raymond J. Caffrey

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Missouri

Incident Date: 6/17/1933

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Not available

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Special Agent Raymond Caffrey was one of four law enforcement officers killed in an incident referred to as the Kansas City Massacre.

Agent Caffrey was survived by his wife and son.

The Kansas City Massacre occurred when the Pretty Boy Floyd gang attempted to free gang member Frank Nash. Nash was being transported from Oklahoma to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Unknown to officer, an informant had relayed all the information regarding the arrival of Nash and his law enforcement escorts to various gangsters throughout the area. As the group of officers and agents entered their cars at Union Station, in Kansas City, the gang opened fire. In the ensuing gun battle Detective Frank Hermanson and Detective William Grooms, of the Kansas City Police Department, Chief of Police Otto Read, of the McAlester Police Department, Oklahoma, and Special Agent Raymond Caffrey, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were shot and killed. Frank Nash, the suspect the gang was trying to free, was also shot and killed.

Pretty Boy Floyd was shot and killed the following year during a shootout with officers. A second gang member was arrested and executed for the murders, and the third gang member was found dead from an unrelated murder.

A little over a year later an officer who was present at the scene became emotionally unstable because of the incident and went on a shooting rampage, killing Patrolman Grant Schroder of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Detective Frank E. Hermanson
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Detective William J. Grooms
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Chief of Police Otto H. Reed
McAlester Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Grant Victor Schroder
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, November 26, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

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I too am a relative of Raymond J. Caffrey, and am very proud that my son, Weston Barkley, is continuing to keep SA Caffrey's legacy alive by committing to a career in law enforcement. Weston is mid-way through the academy, and will work to keep Oro Valley, Arizona a safe place for it's residents.

Jill Caffrey, Ph.D.
My father, John Thomas Caffrey, was his cousin
March 22, 2013

 

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