Officer John Thomas McCarthy

Officer John Thomas McCarthy

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 25, 1981

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John Thomas McCarthy

Officer John McCarthy was shot and killed after he and his partner observed a car parked by White Rock Lake in the 600 block of East Lawther Drive.
They observed two partially clothed people and told them to leave. As Officer McCarthy was returning to his vehicle, the man stepped out of his vehicle and shot him in the head. The man ran into the lake and then was arrested when he came back out.

The suspect was convicted and executed.

Officer McCarthy had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 4162

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

suspicious person, suspicious vehicle

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Thank you for your reflection of a dear beloved brother. Time heals the heart and we do move forward in the Mercy of God. But, I miss him and think about him every day. I, also continue to pray for the Dallas Officers who serve and protect.

Mary McCarthy Middleton

February 23, 2024

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