Chief of Detectives John Donahue

Chief of Detectives John Donahue

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1902

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John Donahue

Chief of Detectives John Donahue was shot and killed by a man he attempted to arrest for assaulting a woman with an axe.

As Detective Donahue approached the man on a local street, the man drew a revolver and shot Detective Donahue in the head, killing him instantly.

As the man attempted to escape a 16-year-old boy shot him in the face with a shotgun. As he lay in the street writhing in pain he shot himself in the head, killing himself.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Committed suicide

arrest attempt, assault

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