|Memorial Panel #:||12|
|District / Unit:||General Assignments Unit Area #3, CID|
|End of Watch:||13 July 1977|
|Incident Details:||Lt. Patrick J. McGann, Jr. was assigned to the Area 3 Detective Division.
On July 13, 1977, Lt. Patrick McGann and other officers responded to a “burglary in progress” call at 3343 W. Columbus Drive. A suspect observed in the rear of that location and placed under arrest and three additional offenders were spotted on the roof of the building. Two climbed down, but the third, a female, had to be assisted from the roof and lowered into the outstretched arms of Lt. McGann, who placed her on the ground.No signs of forced entry were found and the interrogations revealed that the group was merely on the roof drinking beer. The four suspects were arrested and charged with minor drinking.
After leaving the scene of the incident, Lt. McGann suffered a heart attack and crashed his patrol car into a utility pole at 59th and California. He was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he expired.
Lt. McGann is survived by his wife, Mary; five sons, Patrick, William, Timothy, Edward and John; daughter, Virginia; three grandchildren; a brother and two sisters.