Officer Donald Eugene Carpenter

Officer Donald Eugene Carpenter

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1964

Donald Eugene Carpenter

Officer Donald Carpenter was shot and killed while responding to a burglary in progress at a motel at the intersection of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street.

As officers surrounded the building the suspect yelled that he was going to come out and surrender. He instead opened fire with a .32 caliber revolver, striking Officer Carpenter as he exited his patrol car and seriously wounding a second officer. Officer Carpenter succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The subject fled the scene after shooting the officers and remained at large for two weeks. After his arrest he told officers he had thrown the revolver into Lake Austin, where it was located after a four day search. the man was convicted of Officer Carpenter's murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Officer Carpenter was survived by his wife and two daughters.

In 2016 an Austin city street was renamed in honor of Officer Carpenter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 28, 1964
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years


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Hey Grandpa, it's your granddaughter Rebekah. I never had the amazing pleasure to get to know you, but I just want you to know that I know you are an amazing man who did so much for his family and his community. My mom was always so good about telling us stories about you, stories she was told, and I'm just beyond honored to be able to say that you are my grandfather. I have a 4 year old son who I know would have LOVED to meet you. Grandma is so cute with him, and whenever we go visit he brings a light to her eye, the same light I imagine you would have. I love you so much grandpa and you will NEVER be forgotten.

Rebekah Aleman

May 5, 2016

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