Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff

Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff

Greenfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 15, 1933

Thomas G. Caniff

Patrolman Caniff succumbed to a gunshot wound received two weeks earlier while investigating a grocery store burglary. The suspect, who was hiding behind the counter, suddenly jumped up and opened fire, striking Patrolman Caniff in the liver.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Caniff's murder and sentenced to death. The suspect committed suicide in jail prior to his execution date.

Patrolman Caniff had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 1, 1933
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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My grandfather told me that my great uncle, Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff, gave his murderer money to eat just hours before the killing .

Thomas Scott King
Great uncle

January 21, 2017

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