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Guard Harry McVay | Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island


Harry McVay

Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Friday, April 25, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/19/1930

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Guard Harry McVay succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier during an escape attempt at the Rhode Island Penitentiary.

One of the prisoners who attempted to escape committed suicide with the same gun used to shoot Guard McVay.

The weapons had been smuggled into the prison's visitor area by accomplices of the inmates.

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From what I understand, you were a relation of my grandfather, James H. McVay Jr. My mother told me briefly a few times of you while I was growing up. Beyond that, not much else was mentioned.

I've gone down to the policeman's memorial in Washington, DC to pay respects...I'll do that again and take my son Connor.

Jonathan P Trenn
July 28, 2015


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