Detective Lieutenant John McCarthy

Detective Lieutenant John McCarthy

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 1947

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John McCarthy

Detective John McCarthy was shot and killed shortly after arresting two men and a woman for passing bad checks.

Detective McCarthy and two other detectives went to arrest two men and a woman who were in a bar two blocks from the police station and were wanted for passing bad checks. The officers searched the two men, but not the woman. When they all got in the police car and started the two block drive, the woman gave each man a pistol. A gun battle ensued, killing Detective McCarthy and both male suspects. Both of the other officers were wounded, but recovered.

The woman was unharmed and received a six-month sentence for passing bad checks.

Detective McCarthy had served with the agency for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 58
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was watching the show Toledo Stories tonight and thought of my Dad's beloved Uncle John. My Dad and his brother adored and admired him. Heard stories growing up about him. I still have the obituary that was in the Blade. I hope he met my Dad and Uncle in Heaven by picking them up on his motorcycle with the sidecar!

Sandra Lair

February 10, 2020

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