Patrolman John Cannon

Patrolman John Cannon

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 1939

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John Cannon

Patrolman Cannon died of injuries he received when a prisoner assaulted him nineteen months earlier. On Thanksgiving day of 1937 Patrolman Cannon and his partner were sent to a cafe at the corner of Jackson and Decatur Streets to investigate a disorderly drunk male. When the Patrolmen arrived they arrested an intoxicated and belligerent suspect. The suspect was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the squad car. Patrolman Cannon's partner went back into the bar to call for a patrol wagon to pick up the suspect.
Suddenly, the suspect started kicking Patrolman Cannon and continued to do so until his partner returned to the car. Patrolman Cannon was rushed to a hospital and it was determined that the blows had ruptured a coronary artery. Patrolman Cannon never recovered and died nineteen months later from his injuries.
Patrolman Cannon had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife, son and two daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, November 26, 1937
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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