Lieutenant Vincent Nicholas Lucarini

Lieutenant Vincent Nicholas Lucarini

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, August 10, 1921

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Vincent Nicholas Lucarini

Lieutenant Vincent Lucarini was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who had shot and killed Patrolman Polk Caraway just minutes earlier.

At approximately 9:45 am four men attempted to rob the payroll car of the Ford Motor Company on Union Street. The suspect opened fire as the payroll was being brought into a building. Patrolman Caraway was instantly killed and his partner was wounded. A Ford Motor Company guard was also killed.

Lieutenant Lucarini was at Police Headquarters when the alarm was sounded. He flagged down a car driven by a civilian and, along with two other officers, pursued the suspects along Poplar Avenue. As the car entered the town of Collierville, they were met with a hail of gunfire by a posse who thought they were the suspects. Lieutenant Lucarini was struck and killed by one shot.

Later that night three suspects were arrested. Three days later the fourth suspect was arrested. All four suspects were convicted of murder and attempted robbery. They were subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Lieutenant Lucarini had served with the Memphis Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son, elderly parents, and three siblings.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity, murder suspect, robbery, vehicle pursuit

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Lt. Lucarini,
It’s been over 100 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 15, 2021

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