Town Marshal
Grant Ulysses McCory
Salem Police Department
Tuesday, August 11, 1914

Age: 43
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, August 11, 1914
12:10 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Public Square, Salem
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem

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   Town Marshal Grant McCory was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack while making his night rounds in the southwest corner of the public square.

   A few minutes after midnight, Marshal McCory was in front of the Independent Order of Red Mens' building when a subject shot him in the back of the head, killing him instantly.

   The 35-year-old man surrendered a short time later to the sheriff claiming self-defense.

   The offender was twice indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder, but he was acquitted after a second trial by a jury in a change of venue to Lawrence County in 1915.

   Town Marshal McCory was survived by his wife, two daughters, granddaughter, four sisters and two brothers.

Historical Note

Town marshals were elected to unlimited, two-year terms until 1917 when state law was amended to require they be appointed to office by the trustees of the town board.
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This officer, discovered in 2010, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Salem Police Department.

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