Chief of Police Charles Elmer McConaughy

Chief of Police Charles Elmer McConaughy

Mount Union Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 9, 1923

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Charles Elmer McConaughy

Chief of Police Charles McConaughy succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while he and two other officers attempted to arrest a man who had shot at another citizen earlier in the afternoon.

Chief McConaughy, along with another borough officer and a Pennsylvania Railroad police officer, had gone to the man's home near the corner of North Jefferson Street and Grant Street to arrest him. As they placed handcuffs on him he suddenly pulled away, drew a .32 caliber revolver from his waistband, and opened fire, striking Chief McConaughy and the other borough officer. The railroad police officer began struggling with him and was shot once in the arm before Chief McConaughy was able to prop himself up and fatally shot the subject.

All three officers were taken to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital where Chief McConaughy succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Chief McConaughy had served in law enforcement for 12 years as a police officer and constable in Mount Union Borough. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two sisters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 8, 1923
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

July 9, 2020

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