Officer James P. McGrath

Officer James P. McGrath

Burlington Police Department, Vermont

End of Watch Thursday, May 12, 1904

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James P. McGrath

Officer James McGrath was shot and killed on foot patrol in the Burlington rail and lumber yard at Main Street and Battery Street in Burlington at 1930 hours.

He was shot three times when he encountered an AWOL soldier. Officer McGrath succumbed to his wounds while being transported to his home.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of Officer McGrath's murder. He died in prison in 1940.

Officer McGrath was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted

deserter, foot patrol

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Officer McGrath, it has been 120 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 12, 2024

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