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Sergeant Corwin L. McConkey | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois

Sergeant

Corwin L. McConkey

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, March 8, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant Corwin McConkey was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Cisco, Illinois. While he was examining the man's license the man suddenly produced a handgun and shot Sergeant McConkey in the abdomen and chest. Although mortally wounded Sergeant McConkey was able to return fire at the fleeing car.

The suspect escaped but committed suicide two days later.

Sergeant McConkey had served with the Illinois State Police for ten years and was assigned to District 10. Sergeant McConkey was a WWII veteran and survived by his wife and two sons.

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Sgt. Corwin "Stretch" McConkey was my father. Sgt. Gary McConkey was my brother, Both, as well as my mother, Betty Stillman McConkey Carr are deceased, as is Gary and my step-father, Pete Carr. Mom remarried several years after Dad's death. At the time of Dad's KIA, mom was 31, Gary was six and I was eight. These two policeman were big men with big hearts and humor. Dad was also a veteran of the US Navy in WWII, serving in the South Pacific,

Bill McConkey
Son
May 16, 2016

 

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