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

Lieutenant

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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There isn't a week that goes by that I don't remember Lt. Bradshaw. He was always friendly, warm, and had kind and funny words to share when he visited the radio room. An hour prior to his death, he had been up there and we had shared trout our fishing hopes. I admired and respected him so very much because he gave us his respect and trust. This was priceless to me, and I miss him even today.
LT, I was proud to serve under you.

John Hart, former TPD dispatcher
Tempe PD and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; retired
December 29, 2016

 

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