Police Officer James Francis Kane

Police Officer James Francis Kane

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 5, 1959

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James Francis Kane

Officer James Kane was shot to death while walking his beat in North Philadelphia in 3700 block of North Sydenham Street by two brothers he caught stealing milk off doorsteps.

The two brothers, ages 22 and 24, led police on a multi-state pursuit that ended in Middleboro, Massachussetts, with one brother being killed in a gun battle with police. The other brother was captured, tried, and convicted of Officer Kane’s murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Kane was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for two years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 5367
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One killed, one sentenced to death

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice and heroic actions will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 28, 2020

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