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Arthur G. Meehan

Arthur G. Meehan


  • Chief of Police


  • San Bruno Police Department

  • Date of Birth: September, 1892

  • End of Watch: September 19, 1923

Chief Meehan was born in California September, 1892. Chief Meehan succumbed to gunshot wounds on September 19, 1923 which he had received the day before after he had stopped a vehicle for evading a railroad crossing arm. The vehicle stopped in front of the San Bruno City Hall where the suspects opened fire causing the fatal wounds. The car the suspects were driving was later located in South San Francisco with several bullet holes. Two suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Chief Meehan. Both suspects escaped from San Quentin Prison in April, 1925. For the next six weeks both suspects went on a reign of terror throughout Northern California, killing a Sacramento merchant, kidnapping and robbing several people and shooting a Sacramento police officer. One of the murderers of Chief Meehan was apprehended ending the six week crime spree and returned to prison. He was convicted of the Sacramento merchant's murder and received another life sentence. He was paroled February 16, 1956. The other murderer returned to San Francisco where he was shot and killed when police raided an apartment looking for another wanted man.

Chief Meehan is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California. He was 30 years old. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth Marie Dondero Meehan, age 26, and a daughter Dorothy Virginia Meehan, age 8. Prior to being the San Bruno Police Chief, Meehan had been a clerk in a broker's office and an auto investigator for an underwriter. His family had lived in California, mostly in San Francisco, since approximately 1860. Many other family members are also buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.
  • Office Area: San Bruno Police Department
  • Date of Birth: September, 1892
  • End of Watch: September 19, 1923
  • Title/Position: Chief of Police
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