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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My father, Anthony Rizzo, was on duty in the same district and shift the night Officer Kane was killed. My Dad passed away in 1961 (not in line of duty) but I still remember the picture of him standing at the scene of that terrible event. If any of Officer’s Kane’s family read this, I know you must still grieve his loss. Please know Officer Kane is still remembered and you folks are in my prayers.

Raymond Rizzo
Son of Philadelphia PD Officer Rizzo

August 14, 2019

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