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Police Officer Amy Lynn Donovan | Austin Police Department, Texas Austin Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Amy Lynn Donovan

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, October 31, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 5 months

Badge # 683

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 10/30/2004

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Police Officer Amy Donovan was killed when she was accidentally struck by a police cruiser during a foot chase.

At approximately 10:48 pm, Officer Donovan and her partner observed a suspicious person walking on the 1300 block of Poquito Street. Officer Donovan got out of the car to talk to the man and he began running. Officer Donovan began to chase the suspect and her partner put the patrol car in reverse and tried to block the man's escape route. During the chase, the patrol car struck Officer Donovan and pinned her next to a utility pole. She was taken to Brackenridge Hospital where she died of her injuries at approximately 2:00 am.

The suspect who fled was apprehended later in the week and it was discovered that he had a parole revocation warrant. After agreeing to a plea deal, the suspect was sentenced to 4.5 years for drug charges. An additional charge was never formally filed against the suspect in court because the prosecuting attorney failed to read the charge during a hearing. In March 2012 the man responsible for Officer Donovan's death was murdered in Austin.

Officer Donovan had served with the Austin Police Department for five months. She is survived by her husband and four children.

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I was writing this on October 31st but got called away by the crying newborn next to me. I don't know what to say. Since 2004 October 31st was always associated with the worst day of my life. Then almost 7 years ago I met Paul. He was born on October 31st. Having him taught me how to celebrate life, your life, and that it was okay to do that instead of continually mourning your death. This year, again, I was shown that it was okay. October 31st, 2016 my daughter, your grand-daughter was born. To associate a date with both the worst moment of your life and the best moment of your life is a feeling I can't explain but the fact that I am even having to do that lets me know that you are there. I can't wait to share your memory with Brooklyn. You are loved, you are missed, and you are never forgotten. We love you forever and always.

November 3, 2016


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