Detective Joseph Elmer McCain

Detective Joseph Elmer McCain

Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 22, 2001

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Joseph Elmer McCain

Detective Joseph McCain succumbed to gunshot wounds inflicted 13 years earlier.

He was shot during a drug raid on Wood Avenue in Hyde Park. The wound caused him to undergo several surgeries and his health deteriorated until he passed away. He was never able to return to work following the shooting.

Detective McCain was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 72
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 29, 1988
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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Detective McCain, it's now been 34 years since your senseless shooting and 21 years since your passing. You fought the good fight but in the end, could fight no more. God Bless you for that fight and for your years of service to the people of the Commonwealth.

May you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 22, 2022

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