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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Today, October 22, 2018, the Massachusetts State Police along with the former members of the Metropolitan Police, take a moment to honor and remember MDC Detective Joseph E. McCain on this his 17th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

October 22, 2018

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