Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff

Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff

Greenfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 15, 1933

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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.

Bio

  • 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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff of the Greenfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 15, 2021

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