Detective Kenneth Joseph McCoy

Detective Kenneth Joseph McCoy

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 7, 1973

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Kenneth Joseph McCoy

Detective Kenneth McCoy was shot and killed in crossfire during a shootout with several suspects.

Detective McCoy and several other officers were conducting a stakeout of a tavern that was reportedly going to be robbed. While watching the tavern local neighborhood kids told one of the officers there was a group of men with guns nearby. The four officers then went to the tavern owner's home, thinking that the robbery was going to occur there.

Detective McCoy changed clothes with the tavern owner and then went to the driveway and pretended to examine a car. The group of men approached and shots were exchanged. During the ensuing shootout one of the suspects was killed and Detective McCoy was struck by a round fired by another officer with his own gun he had loaned him.

Detective McCoy had served with the East St. Louis Police Department for four years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his expectant wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 62
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Rest in peace Detective McCoy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 6, 2019

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