Special Officer Owen McManus

Special Officer Owen McManus

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, March 31, 1938

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Owen McManus

Special Officer Owen McManus was shot and killed during a shootout with the a suspect at Elvas Tower, at the end of Lanatt Street in Sacramento, California. He and his partner were checking freight cars when a passenger train came through and separated the two for a few minutes.

While the two were separated a man approached his partner and pressed a Winchester rifle into his stomach. When the passenger train cleared the area Officer McManus observed the situation. The suspect turned and fired at Officer McManus, striking him in the stomach. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer McManus returned fire and killed the suspect.

Officer McManus had served with the Southern Pacific Railroad Police for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Rest in Peace Special Officer Owen McManus. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways .

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May he rot in despair and turmoil for eternity.


Sr. Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

March 31, 2016

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