Police Officer John J. McGrath

Photo of Police Officer John J. McGrath
End of Watch: Tue, Dec 6th, 1921
Date of Incident: Tue, Dec 6th, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 2 years
Age: 26


He was survived by his expectant wife.


Police Officer John McGrath was shot and killed when he attempted to search two juvenile brothers on St. Louis Avenue.

As he began the search one of them produced a .32 caliber revolver and shot him in the chest. He was able to return fire, but did not strike either boy.

The two boys were apprehended and charged with Officer McGrath's murder. Both were acquitted after a jury concluded their confessions could not be used as evidence.

In addition to his police service Officer McGrath was a U.S. Army veteran.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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