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 a local hospital where he died a short time later. The suspect was apprehended and convicted to 30 years in prison.

Sergeant McKenna had served with the agency for 21 years and had previously served with the United States Army during World War I.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 10, 2020

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