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Lieutenant John Eaton Bradshaw | Tempe Police Department, Arizona Tempe Police Department, Arizona


John Eaton Bradshaw

Tempe Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, September 20, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 23

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Lieutenant John Bradshaw was shot and killed while responding to an officer needs assistance call.

The call came in from an officer whose weapon was stolen by an inmate he was transporting to the hospital. The suspect then took a motorcycle driver hostage and fled the scene. Lieutenant Bradshaw stopped up the road from the suspect and waited for his arrival at Hohokam Highway and University Drive.

When the suspect saw the patrol car he fired one shot which struck Lieutenant Bradshaw in the chest. The suspect was later shot by Department of Public Safety officers.

Lieutenant Bradshaw had served with the Tempe Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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A few years ago we had the privilege of meeting Lt. Bradshaw's children through a mutual friend. We are about the same age. After a brief discussion we discovered that my Father-in-law was the DPS officer who shot and killed the suspect. It was very sobering. My husband was also an officer and comes from a long line of law enforcement. I've always feared losing him in the line of duty. Even though we didn't know Lt. Bradshaw 29 years ago, I can sense the pain his family has gone through. It's a brotherhood and we all share in the pain and loss. His family will always remember him. I will always remember his family...how well they have processed the whole ordeal. I will always be thankful for the service that Law Enforcement men and women have given to serve and protect us. Thank you Bradshaw family for your ultimate sacrifice. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cecilie Hudson
October 12, 2016


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