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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No one will be able to understand the depth of loss I have. Tim was my dad’s youngest brother. Tim was 6 years older than me, and we were brothers from the day I was born. I loved him and always tried to take good care of him, but failed. Tim was fearless and loved his Father God. He was selfless and fair to everyone. Even after all these years gone by since we lost Tim, I still miss him terribly and long for my beloved friend and brother. I wish for those days of playing guitar for him, going frog gigging late at night then going to church the next morning, having him appear at my house unannounced just to surprise me with the gift of his friendship, and so many more acts of genuine kindness and love. I know God called you home for His purposes, but I sure miss you buddy.

Mike McCaghren
Brother and Nephew

March 8, 2018

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