Patrolman Martin C. McCaw

Patrolman Martin C. McCaw

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, April 27, 1942

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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 at 653 Blue Island Avenue. Patrolman McCaw had just captured one of the men when his partner tripped and discharged the revolver. The round struck Patrolman 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.

Patrolman McCaw had received 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 (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, suspicious person

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Patrolman McCaw,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 27, 2022

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