KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: November 12, 1910
End of Watch: August 30, 1917
A gunman shot and killed Detective Frank McCartney of 4th and Snyder Avenue Station, at 9th and Shunk Street. Three men have been arrested. They were, Herman Jaffee of 2604 South 9th Street a real estate man, Joseph Brown, twenty, 517 Cantrell Street, Harry Murray, twenty-one, 2430 South Broad Street. Each of these men denies he committed the murder. Magistrate Imber held Jaffee, Brown and Murray without bail at the 4th street and Snyder Avenue Station for a further hearing. Benny Weiss, twenty-five, of Juniper Street near Dickinson declared by the police to be an addict and a cocaine user is being sought for the murder. Weiss according to those arrested is hiding somewhere in this city with only ten cents between him and starvation. Ugly intimations of vice, and degradation in some parts of South Philadelphia are behind the killing of officer McCartney who was thirty-one.
Weiss it is said belonged to a group of men known to the police as prayers of unfortunate women. This afternoon, Jaffee, Brown and Murray and Weiss wife were taken before Captain of Detectives Tate, at City Hall and given a searching examination. The narrative they tell is this: Jaffee, Brown, Murray and Weiss were out in Jaffee’s motorcar, near 9th and Shunk Streets they saw a supposed burglar. Jaffee and Brown gave chase and caught him. While they were standing inn the street with the man, having left their car some distance away. Detective McCartney and Weiss came up. McCartney handled the prisoner roughly and Weiss made objection. McCartney then turned on Weiss then the shooting followed. That account sounds fishy to me was Captain Tate’s comment when he was through with the prisoners. “What I believe is that these men were out looking for someone to hold up. That McCartney gone after them, and that the suppose burglar Jaffee and Brown had caught, was one of their own number and that Weiss shot McCartney so this man could get away.”
After the shooting Brown put McCartney into Jaffee’s car and drove him to the Methodist Hospital, where the detective died. Jaffee says that meanwhile he and Weiss walked to Jaffee home and that there Jaffee gave Weiss ten cents and told him to get out. Detectives found the loaded revolver use in the killing under Jaffee pillow.
In the hat rack at Murray’s home was discovered McCartney’s revolver. Murray said he picked it up when it fell out of McCartney’s pocket, as the detective was being lifted into the motorcar. Captain Tate believes Murray deliberately removed it from McCartney’s pocket and for this reason an additional charge of highway robbery has been lodged against the man. Weiss wife in her examination by Captain Tate denied that her husband was a crook. She said she met him a year ago at Atlantic City, where she was a waitress and that they eloped to Elkton and were married. Mrs. Weiss says she comes from Reading. Her husband she declares has been employed in a woman’s tailoring establishment in South Broad Street. McCartney died with out making a statement except to say, “Get the driver of that machine.” Lieutenant Barry who was aboard all night on the hunt dragged Jaffee’s out of his bed at his home this morning. He first denied any knowledge of the shooting. When the Lieutenant was preparing to take him to the Methodist Hospital to face the dying McCartney he broke down. It was on the information he gave that Lieutenant Barry and Powers located Brown and Murray who had also gone home to bed. Each at the hearing later shouldered all blame for the shooting over on Berry Weiss. The prisoners were already known it the police who do not regard them with favor.