Sergeant Joseph M. Cournoyer

Sergeant Joseph M. Cournoyer

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 29, 1985

Joseph M. Cournoyer

Sergeant Joseph Cournoyer was shot and killed while questioning a suspect who had just robbed a store.

Sergeant Cournoyer observed one of the men board a Metro bus near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station and escorted him off of the bus for identification purposes. The suspect began to struggle with Sergeant Cournoyer and drew a gun and shot him in the chest.

Sergeant Cournoyer had been with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Sgt. Cournoyer I didn't know you. I came across the circumstances of your untimely passing years ago and it stuck with me for years. Every year on this date I remember the sacrifice you made to keep our community safe. It's obvious from the comments on this page that you were an exceptional person who deserved to be on this earth much longer than you were. I am the relative of an MPD officer so I'm aware of the sacrifices that law enforcement officials make. I pray that you are resting in peace.

Elizabeth R.
Relative of current MPD Officer

January 29, 2018

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