Chief of Police Daniel McGrath

Chief of Police Daniel McGrath

Titusville Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, November 15, 1899

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Daniel McGrath

Chief of Police Daniel McGrath succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier when he and another officer responded to a burglary at the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley, and Pittsburgh Railroad depot.

The officers tracked the three suspects to a nearby house of ill-repute on Spring Street where they interrupted the men robbing the occupants. Both officers exchanged shots with the three suspects. Chief McGrath and one of the suspects were killed. A second suspect was apprehended while the third escaped. The suspect who was arrested was convicted of murder and hung on April 16th, 1901.

Chief McGrath had served with the Titusville Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, children, and brothers.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 11, 1899
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

burglary, robbery

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