Sergeant Corwin Lynn McConkey

Sergeant Corwin Lynn McConkey

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, March 8, 1951

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Corwin Lynn McConkey

Sergeant Corwin McConkey succumbed to gunshot wounds received two weeks earlier during a traffic stop near Cisco, Illinois. While he was examining the man's license the man suddenly produced a handgun and shot Sergeant McConkey in the abdomen and chest. Although seriously wounded, Sergeant McConkey was able to return fire at the fleeing car. He was taken to John Warner Hospital in Clinton where he succumbed to his wounds two weeks later.

The suspect escaped but committed suicide two days later.

Sergeant McConkey had served with the Illinois State Police for ten years and was assigned to District 10. Sergeant McConkey was a WWII Navy veteran and survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 39
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 24, 1951
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

traffic stop

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Sgt. Corwin "Stretch" McConkey was my father. Sgt. Gary McConkey was my brother, Both, as well as my mother, Betty Stillman McConkey Carr are deceased, as is Gary and my step-father, Pete Carr. Mom remarried several years after Dad's death. At the time of Dad's KIA, mom was 31, Gary was six and I was eight. These two policeman were big men with big hearts and humor. Dad was also a veteran of the US Navy in WWII, serving in the South Pacific,

Bill McConkey

May 16, 2016

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