Inspector Timothy Cal McCaghren

Inspector Timothy Cal McCaghren

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

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 1990

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Timothy Cal McCaghren

Inspector Timothy 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 began to search it. He was thrown from the van and suffered fatal injuries as it turned from Zaragoza Road onto Border Highway. He succumbed to his injuries 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.

Inspector McCaghren was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the United States Customs Service for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, and parents.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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Little brother, it’s been 31 years since you were so cruelly taken from us. I look at your smiling face every day and remember your big beautiful smile and your big heart! You are greatly missed, always loved and never forgotten! I know Mom and Dad are so happy to be reunited with you and I know you’re all taking care of our sweet little Brian. I remember, and I speak your name out loud today with so much love. ❤️

Molly Seward

February 22, 2021

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