Police Officer John F. McEntee, Jr.

Police Officer John F. McEntee, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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John F. McEntee, Jr.

Police Officer John McEntee was shot and killed as he was sitting in his patrol car at the corner of Woodstock Street and Norris Street. He and other officers had responded to an unfounded radio call. Two youths, 15 and 18, walked up behind his car as he was writing a report. The 15-year-old pulled a pistol and shot him twice in the back of the head. Both were apprehended and charged with murder. When asked why did you shoot him, the killer replied, "I just wanted to". Witnesses stated he told them, "I want to kill a cop".

In 1973 the boy, with testimony from his companion, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He received a new trial and was sentenced to life again in 1975. Due to legal issues in both trials, a third trial was ordered and he was released in leu of bond. In 1979 he was convicted a third time and sent to prison for life. In consideration for the other suspect's testimony, he was sentenced to 3 to 20 years.

Officer McEntee was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 1-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 3725
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer McEntee,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2022

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