Railroad Detective Robert McClain

Railroad Detective Robert McClain

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, August 18, 1920

Add to My Heroes

Robert McClain

Railroad Detective Bob McClain succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier near Salt Rock, West Virginia, when he attempted to arrest two men who were riding a freight train.

He had grabbed onto one of the subjects when the other one suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire. The first shot struck Detective McClain's hand, preventing him from drawing his gun. The man then shot him three more times in the torso.

Detective McClain was taken the C&O Railroad Hospital where he died at approximately 2:00 am on August 18th, 1920.

Two brothers were arrested in Catlettsburg the night before his death and held in connection with his shooting.

Detective McClain was survived by his wife, stepson, parents, and sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location West Virginia
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 15, 1920
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

Det. McClain,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

August 18, 2016

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.