Inspector Timothy Cal McCaghren

Inspector Timothy Cal McCaghren

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 1990

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Timothy Cal McCaghren

Inspector McCaghren was killed when he was dragged by a van he and another inspector were attempting to search at the Ysleta Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas. The driver of the van accelerated as Inspector McCaghren was searching it. He was thrown from the van and received injuries, which he succumbed to the following day.

The driver of the van was apprehended five days later. He was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison without parole.

Inspector McCaghren had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 18, 1990
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 50 years

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I was on duty in El Paso when this incident occurred. I personally heard the "Officer Down!" radio call to SECTOR.

Tim was a good guy - hard-working and dedicated to his duties at the border. Only a couple years in and he was already good at identifying drug smugglers; he stopped his share of drug loads from reaching our streets for sure. I also remember he treated people with dignity and respect.

To the family: Tim's memory is alive and well, and steeped in respect in the community of guardians. We lost a good hand out in West Texas when Tim crossed over Jordan. May he rest in eternal peace in heaven.

Fellow Guardian

September 23, 2019

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