Chief of Police David Albert McCutchen, Sr.

Chief of Police David Albert McCutchen, Sr.

Tybee Island Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 10, 1963

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David Albert McCutchen, Sr.

Chief David McCutchen was shot and killed while checking on a residence for a possible burglary in progress. He was shot by the homeowner, who had returned home early from vacation. The homeowner had mistaken the chief as a burglar and was not charged in connection with his death.

Chief McCutchen was survived by his wife and two children.

Chief McCutchen was a graduate of the 53rd Session of the FBI National Academy.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

FBI National Academy, FBINA

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My Father was Charles J. Bishop, He was with Chief McCutchen when this awful incident happened. My father said that he , OfficerJerry Hogan and The chief got a call that there was a burglary going on at this house.
The Chief and My father were in one car. Jerry Hogan in another.
The arrived at the house. Officer Hogan was told to check the outside and back of the house. This was a two story house. Dad told me. He and the Chief started up the stairs. It was a full moon. My father was in front. The chief , who my father called “Mac” put his arm in front of Chuck and passed him on the stairs., getting in front of Chuck. They were approaching the Porch. There was about 10 feet to the front door. My dad said the front door cracked open and a shot rang out.
The bullet struck the Chief in the chest. He landed in my fathers arms. My father said. He held him. He yelled out “come out you just shot my chief. “
The young man came out shaking and put the gun down.
My Father told me the Last words of his Chief were “ Oh my God,”
My dad said Jerry hogan jumped in the second police car and raced down Butler Ave to the North end. He ended up wrecking his police car in the big curve.
By this time Chief McCutcheon was already dead..
It was not a burglary. The man and his wife were on their honeymoon, and the home owner had said they could stay there! That is why there was a different car in the driveway, and not the Homeowners.

SAC Frances Bishop Wiley
Daughter of Charles “Chuck” Bishop, Tybee Island Police Department

March 1, 2023

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