Patrolman John H. McMail

Patrolman John H. McMail

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 15, 1922

John H. McMail

Patrolman John McMail was shot and killed by a suspect he attempted to arrest for assault in Brooklyn.

Patrolman McMail was on foot patrol when he was approached by a woman who told him she had been assaulted by a man who was standing on the corner of Sutter Avenue and Osborne Street, Brooklyn. Patrolman McMail went to the corner and approached the suspect. The suspect fled on foot, and Patrolman McMail pursued him. As he was running, the suspect turned and fired from two .45 caliber revolvers, striking Patrolman McMail in the head.

The suspect continued to flee but was shot and wounded by the owner of a private security company who had witnessed what had happened. The suspect was apprehended and they found him armed with four guns, a blackjack, and manacles. He was convicted of Patrolman McMail's murder and executed at Sing Sing Prison on March 2, 1923.

Patrolman McMail had served with the New York City Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the 85th Precinct, the present day 73rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 3029

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1923

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I will always be extremely proud of my great grandfather, John, H. McMail, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the people of New York City. I have always been proud to have his 1922 Medal of Valor from the NYC Police Department passed down to me from his wife to his daughter, and now to me.

Christopher J. Gobler

June 7, 2016

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