Patrolman Martin C. McCaw

Patrolman Martin C. McCaw

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, April 27, 1942

Martin C. McCaw

Patrolman Martin C. McCaw was accidentally shot and killed when his partner tripped and his service revolver discharged.

The two officers chased two gunmen into a vacant lot on Blue Island Avenue. Officer McCaw just captured one of the men when his partner tripped and discharged the revolver. The round struck Officer McCaw in the head. He was transported to Mother Cabrini Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Both men fled the scene after the shot was fired.

Officer McCaw had won a citizen award months earlier for rescuing five people from a burning apartment building in January. He was assigned to District 12 and was a seven year veteran of the department. He is survived by his five children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 6991

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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To my Grandfather who died before I was born. But my grandmother his wife raised some of the us older grandchildren telling us about grandpa how he enjoyed a cold beer and a dance floor a lot with her. I have pictures of you in Your DRESS UNIFORM WHEN YOU WERE WORKING THE DETAIL FOR THE WORLDS FAIR IN CHICAGO. YOU HAD ONE SON AND ONE SON-INLAW FOLLOW YOU ONTO THE C.P.D. AND SOME GRANDSONS AND GREAT GRAND SONS WHO FOLLOWED ON OTHER DEPARTMENTS (LOTS OF THEM)

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