Patrolman Dennis J. McInerney

Patrolman Dennis J. McInerney

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 1974

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Dennis J. McInerney

Patrolman Dennis McInerney was shot and killed, and his partner was wounded as they responded to a disturbance During the Mardi Gras carnival on the fringe of the French Quarter.

A 19-year-old youth was threatening a family with a gun and had shot their 13-year-old little boy. As Officer Dennis McInerney and his partner arrived on North Rampart Street, they were met with gunfire before they could exit their vehicle. Patrolman McInerney and his partner returned fire, hitting the suspect in the leg. The suspect was apprehended at the scene.

The family's son was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his foot and released. The New Orleans Police Chief said the suspect being recently paroled was a big mistake because of his extensive juvenile record. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1977, his sentence was commuted to life. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that states could not make the death sentence mandatory for persons convicted of killing police officers.

Patrolman McInerney was a United States Army veteran and had served with the New Orleans Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1427
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

disturbance, parolee

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Patrolman McInerney,
On today, the 50th 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 U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 27, 2024

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