Officer John Francis McAuliffe

Officer John Francis McAuliffe

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Monday, January 21, 1929

John Francis McAuliffe

Officer John McAuliffe succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he responded to a domestic disturbance at 1213 34th Street, NW, in Georgetown.

When he arrived, a drunken individual fired four rounds from a .45 caliber handgun out of the window, striking Officer McAuliffe in the chest.

The subject then committed suicide.

Officer McAuliffe was single and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year. He was assigned to the Seventh Precinct.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1208

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 19, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I came across this site while looking for some information about my great uncle, Officer John Francis McAuliffe. My great aunt, Sister Eleanor McAuliffe (a Catholic Nun) first told me about my great uncle and how he had passed. My grandfather, James S. McAuliffe joined the Montgomery County Maryland Police force in 1929, the same year that his brother was killed in the line of duty. My grandfather served for 40 years including the last 16 as Chief (Superintendant). Another of his brothers, Thomas Joseph McAuliffe served on the Metropolitan Police Department for over 20 years. Before my great uncle died he requested that the man who shot him not be given the death penalty and he was in fact spared a death sentence. Although he died before he had a chance to have a family he will never be forgotten and I know he would have been extremely proud of his brothers service.

James Stephen McAuliffe III

November 30, 2014

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