Patrolman Harris Bruce McInnes

Patrolman Harris Bruce McInnes

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, July 3, 1927

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Harris Bruce McInnes

Patrolman Harris McInnes was shot and killed while pursuing two suspects who had just robbed a Chinese restaurant on Main Street, near Charles Street, in the Charlestown area.

He chased both suspects into an alley where one of them opened fire, fatally wounding him. The two men fled to New York where they remained for one month before trying to steal a car to flee to California.

After stealing the car a traffic officer tried to stop them for a traffic violation on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, New York. The suspects tried to flee but one was killed when the vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The second suspect was arrested and charged in New York with grand larceny and in Massachusetts with murder.

Patrolman McInnes had served with the Boston Police Department for 7-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years, 8 months
  • Badge 1536

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed in vehicle pursuit

foot pursuit, robbery

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