Trooper Donald Charles Cleveland

Trooper Donald Charles Cleveland

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1977

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Donald Charles Cleveland

Trooper Cleveland was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Lafayette, Louisiana. The suspect had just been released from prison for a murder he committed while he was a juvenile. The suspect was sentenced to death and was the last prisoner to be executed by the electric chair in Louisiana.

Trooper Cleveland had served with the agency for 1.5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Thank you for your service and always know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 2, 2020

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