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A Clipping from the Washington Star Post, June 23, 1929

Dying Cop's Plea Saves His Slayer

The plea of a dying policeman, whom he had shot, that his assailant's life be not forfeited for the crime, yesterday earned for the assailant what is considered a lenient sentence.

The assailant fatally wounded policeman JOHN FRANCIS McAULIFFE, on Saturday evening, January 19th, last, when McAuliffe went to a home in Georgetown to investigate a family brawl. Intoxicated at the time, the assailant then turned his pistol upon himself, inflicting a grave wound.

As McAuliffe lay breathing his last in Georgetown hospital, he begged that his assailant be treated leniently on account of his condition, and the fact that he was the father of a family, and said that he forgave him for the shooting.

Note: Officer McAuliffe was twenty-four years of age at the time, and had been on the District of Columbia police force for only one year. Officer McAullife was the son of John and Mary McAuliffe, and lived with his family of five younger brothers and sisters in Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

A few months after his brother's death, James S. McAuliffe joined the Montgomery County Police Department, which numbered 13 officers at that time. He retired after 42 years on the Department, having pent the last sixteen years as it's Chief, and seeing the force reach the number of 635 at the time of his retirement.

The next brother in age, Thomas J. McAuliffe, joined the D.C. Police force, and served in the same precinct as his older brother until his retirement.

May God bless our courageous and devoted Law Enforcement Members.
(Note appended by his sister, Sister Eleanor McAuliffe, S.P.)



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