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Sergeant John S. Macaulay | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


John S. Macaulay

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, July 16, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 430

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/1982

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant John Macaulay succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 days earlier when he was shot by a robbery suspect near the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Willow Alley.

Sergeant Macaulay noticed a vehicle that was wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a supermarket that occurred the previous week. Sergeant Macaulay stopped the vehicle and walked towards it. The suspect attempted to draw a Walther P38 pistol from a briefcase that he had in his stolen car. Sergeant Macaulay attempted to restrain the suspect by putting him in a headlock. The suspect then drew a .38 caliber pistol from his waistband and shot Sergeant Macaulay, mortally wounding him.

The suspect fled to a local hotel where he fatally shot his wife and then committed suicide.

Sergeant Macaulay had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 11 years, and was one of their most decorated officers. He had received three Medal of Valor awards, five Police Commissioner awards, and over 100 Captain's Commendations.

He is survived by nine siblings.

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John was a great guy and I enjoyed the times he came over for Sunday dinner.

Douglas Macaulay
November 26, 2016


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