Guard Harry McVay

Guard Harry McVay

Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, April 25, 1930

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Harry McVay

Guard Harry McVay succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier during an escape attempt at the Rhode Island Penitentiary.

One of the prisoners who attempted to escape committed suicide with the same gun used to shoot Guard McVay.

The weapons had been smuggled into the prison's visitor area by accomplices of the inmates.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 19, 1930
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Rhode Island. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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