Detective Tim Cavanaugh was a detective of the LAPD originally assigned on the South African Krugerrand trade case along with Team Riggs/Murtaugh and fellow detectives Jerry Collins, Eddie Estaban, Meagan Shapiro, and Tom Wyler.
Cavanaugh was with Martin Riggs, Roger Murtaugh and the other detectives assigned on the krugerrand case by Captain Ed Murphy. He watches Riggs break free out of the straitjacket and places his bet money on the table.
The next day at the police station after Murtaugh was tied up in his house, Cavanaugh and the others are told to cover each other's backs to prevent further harm.
Cavanaugh then arrives at Arjen Rudd's house and along with detectives Collins, Esteban, and Wyler, surround one group of henchmen while Riggs and Murtaugh identify the suspects. Unfortunately nothing can be done to apprehend them due to diplomatic immunity and they are forced to let them go.
At a poker game being at Cavanaugh's house, Cavanaugh went to his stereo to turn up the music, which instead triggered an explosion caused by Pieter Vorstedt. Cavanaugh was among six people killed in his home, the others being Jerry Collins, Moss, Freisen, and two other detectives.
- The actor who played Cavanaugh, Dean Norris, and his costar who played Meagan Shapiro, Jennette Goldstein, reunited in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, where Goldstein appeared as a civilian, and Norris appeared as the SWAT team leader called to Cyberdyne Systems.
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