Sergeant Arthur McKenna

Sergeant Arthur McKenna

Union City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, July 10, 1947

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Arthur McKenna

Sergeant Arthur McKenna was shot and killed with his own service weapon after being assaulted in an unprovoked attack.

He was on duty at approximately 2:00 am, eating breakfast at a local diner on 38th Street, when a man walked up behind him, grabbed his gun, and shot him twice in the back. Two nearby officers who heard the shots ran into the diner and arrested the man, who was later learned to be a self-proclaimed cop-hater.

Sergeant McKenna was taken to North Hudson Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The suspect, 22, was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was denied parole on June 13, 1958.

Sergeant McKenna was a United States World War I veteran and served with the Union City Police Department for 21 years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 41
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years


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Sgt. McKenna,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 10, 2022

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