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Officer Donald J. Brereton | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Donald J. Brereton

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Donald Brereton was shot and killed while chasing a man who had just robbed a liquor store at 501 Florida Avenue, NW.

He and his partner were staking out a liquor store when it was robbed by two men. Officer Brereton chased one of the men into an alley where he was ambushed and shot several times. The subject then stole his service weapon before fleeing.

Officer Brereton's partner was also shot and wounded.

The subject who shot Officer Brereton was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death.

Officer Brereton had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and 1-year-old daughter.

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