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Chief of Police Donald P. Stewart | Escalon Police Department, California Escalon Police Department, California

Chief of Police

Donald P. Stewart

Escalon Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, August 24, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Officer's nightstick

Offender: Apprehended

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Chief Stewart succumbed to head injuries sustained when he was struck by a suspect after responding to a domestic disturbance.

Chief Stewart and another officer were subduing a man who had been fighting with his family when somehow he got control of Chief Stewart's nightstick and struck him twice about his head. The officers were transporting the suspect to jail when suddenly Chief Stewart slumped over the wheel. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Chief Stewart had been chief of Escalon Police Department for 10 years. He was a Marine Corps Veteran.

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My family lived next door...Often,in the morning, while Chief Stewart would be leaving his house for the Police Dept. he would stop and give my brother and I a ride to school in the police car...It was always a very special treat. He was a special friend and as children we held him in great esteem...My family was very sad to hear about his untimely death.....He is remembered very fondly for being so good to two very young kids...

david spurlock jr.
January 12, 2011


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