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 has been 22 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 23, 2023

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