Chief of Police Patrick Boden McCready

Chief of Police Patrick Boden McCready

Fairchild Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, March 10, 1991

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Patrick Boden McCready

Chief of Police McCready was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance call. Chief McCready did not expect any problems because the suspect was well known to him. As he entered a darkened hallway the man opened fire with a 30-06 rifle from a prone position, striking Chief McCready in the chest. The round penetrated the front panel of Chief McCready's vest. He was able to exit the apartment, but collapsed at the bottom of the stairs. The suspect committed suicide after a lengthy standoff.

Chief McCready had been Chief of the agency for four years and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 440

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.06
  • Offender Committed suicide

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A hero lives forever in the hearts and minds of all those they have touched. Chief Patrick Boden McCready, your honorable dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Thoughts are with your family, friends and colleagues.

G. Birkholz, WI. C.O.P.S. board member
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, E.O.W. 3/20/11

March 3, 2016

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