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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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Before joining the SFPD, John attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. For a brief period, we were roommates. We graduated in 1968. I'm looking at his Senior pic and bio in the yearbook. As Sophomores we work in private industry aboard US flag merchant vessels. That combined with 3 years of classroom study we learn our profession. John sailed the world his Sophomore year. We both graduated with Third Assistant Engineers License and Commission as Ensign in US Naval Reserve. In addition he fulfilled his duty by sailing the required time after graduation. Thus, we met in the San Francisco union hall of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn. in the summer of '82 after he had joined the SFPD. I remember his laugh as plain as day. He looks down, Heh, Heh, shoulder shrug as he showed me his shield. What a stand up guy. I think of him as we near of 50th reunion Class of '68 USMMA.

Elliott Woods
Classmate USMMA 1968
January 6, 2015


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