Police Officer James A. McCarl

Police Officer James A. McCarl

Houston Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 13, 1916

James A. McCarl

Police Officer James McCarl died after being kicked in the stomach while placing a prisoner in a jail cell at the borough's police department.

He had just arrested the subject for being drunk and disorderly after being called to the man's home. Officer McCarl was unlocking the cell door when the man kicked him in the stomach, rupturing his bowels. The man then escaped, but was captured by angry citizens a short time later.

Doctors tended to Officer McCarl's injuries but he died approximately two hours later.

Officer McCarl was survived by his wife, three daughters, and five sisters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Apprehended


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Officer McCarl,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston Borough.


United States Border Patrol

August 13, 2016

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