Officer McKernan was found dead from a gunshot
wound to the left breast, just above the heart, in an alley behind Percy Flats, near 441 East 11th Street,
his revolver and police badge were missing.
Officer McKernan left his partner, Officer
Michael Barry, earlier that night, stating
that he was going to see man with whom
he had a misunderstanding. Several people
in the area remembered hearing gunshots,
but none had looked to see what had taken
place. From tracks discovered at the scene
it was determined that he was shot
in a different location from where his
body was discovered.
Officer McKernan was born in Kentucky and resided at 425 N. Drury Avenue, was with the
agency for eight weeks was survived
by his wife of eight years, Clara E. (Shoemaker) McKernan. Parents: Peter (born in Ireland) & Mary McKernan.
His funeral was held at Holy Cross Church at St John & Quincy. Interred: Mount
St. Mary's Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant