Sergeant Arthur McKenna

Sergeant Arthur McKenna

Union City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, July 10, 1947

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 48
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 41
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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Sgt. McKenna,
On today, the 69th 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 WW I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 10, 2016

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