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Detective Lieutenant John McCarthy | Toledo Police Department, Ohio Toledo Police Department, Ohio

Detective Lieutenant

John McCarthy

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 7, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective John McCarthy was shot and killed shortly after arresting two men and a woman for passing bad checks.

Detective McCarthy and two other detectives went to arrest two men and a woman who were in a bar two blocks from the police station and were wanted for passing bad checks. The officers searched the two men, but not the woman. When they all got in the police car and started the two block drive, the woman gave each man a pistol. A gun battle ensued, killing Detective McCarthy and both male suspects. Both of the other officers were wounded, but recovered.

The woman was unharmed and received a six-month sentence for passing bad checks.

Detective McCarthy had served with the agency for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.

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Det. Lt. McCarthy,
On today, the 66th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Toledo. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It's a shame didn't get convicted of murder as well being she gave those two POS's the handguns that were used to kill you.


U.S. Border Patrol
January 7, 2013


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