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Police Officer John McKenna | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

John McKenna

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, April 7, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer John McKenna was shot and killed while investigating two men he believed were stealing copper streetcar wire.

He had observed a car believed to be used in the thefts and stopped the two occupants. When he searched the men he located a revolver on one of them, at which time he escorted them to a nearby business. One of the men asked if he could get a drink of water and Officer McKenna allowed him to do so. As the man walked behind Officer McKenna he produced a small handgun hidden in his waist band and shot him in the back of the head, killing him.

The two men fled the scene and went to their home. Officer William Dillon, who received a description of the car while checking in during his rounds, recognized it as a car belonging to two brothers. He went to their home and spotted them in the garage. As he entered the garage at gunpoint he was attacked from behind with a hatchet. The two suspects beat him to death and then buried his body in a shallow grave.

Both men were eventually apprehended and sentenced to hang, however, their sentences were commuted to life.

Police Officer McKenna was survived by his wife and father.

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Police Officer William A. Dillon
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End of Watch: Friday, April 7, 1916
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4/10/2016
In the past year I found out I was related to Officer John McKenna. My Grandparents are Jack & Helen (Moore) McKenna from St. Louis. I am so honored to follow in his footsteps as an Officer of the Law. I was sad to learn the way that he died. I will always remember HIM on April 7th. God bless Officer John McKenna on the anniversary of his murder on duty 4/7/1916

Officer Francis X. Martin Badge 829
Columbus, Ohio Police
April 10, 2016

 

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