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 Thomas 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. His partner was also struck, but survived his wound.

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 served with the Greenfield Police Department for three months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, robbery

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NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Thomas G. Caniff of the Greenfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 15, 2024

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