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Patrolman Polk C. Caraway | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


Polk C. Caraway

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 10, 1921

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Caraway was shot and killed by four suspects who attempted to rob the payroll car from the Ford Motor Company. Lieutenant Vincent Lucarini was shot and killed while pursuing suspect who had shot and killed Patrolman Caraway just minutes earlier.

At approximately 9:45 am four men attempting to rob the payroll car of the Ford Motor Company on Union Street. The suspect opened fire as the payroll was being brought into a building. Patrolman Caraway was instantly killed. His partner was wounded. A Ford Motor Company guard was also killed.

Lieutenant Lucarini was at Police Headquarters when the alarm was sounded. He flagged down a car driven by a civilian and, along with two other officers, pursued the suspects. As the car neared the town of Collierville, they were met with a hail of gunfire by a posse who thought they were the suspects. Lieutenant Lucarini was struck and killed by one shot.

Later that night three suspect were arrested. Three days later the fourth suspect was arrested. All four suspects were convicted of murder and attempted robbery.

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Lieutenant Vincent Lucarini
Memphis Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 10, 1921
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Patrolman Caraway,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis.


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August 10, 2017


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