Police Officer Mac J. Donnelly, Jr.

Police Officer Mac J. Donnelly, Jr.

Lansing Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, June 16, 1977

Mac J. Donnelly, Jr.

Police Officer Mac Donnelly was shot and killed by a bank robbery suspect while attempting to rescue four hostages.

Officer Donnelly rammed the suspect's vehicle with his patrol car as the man tried to flee from the bank with his hostages. The suspect shot him as he stepped out of his car. Officer Donnelly was able to return fire wounding the suspect.

All of the hostages were freed during the attempt. One of the hostages, the bank manager was shot in the hand when he tried to wrestle the gun away from the suspect. The suspect, two other men and a woman, were taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Donnelly was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and had served with the Lansing Police Department for nine years. He was the father of five children.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was there that morning and witnessed one of the bravest things I've ever seen. Made an Indelible memory etched into my brain forever. You sacrificed your own safety for the safety of others. I watched as you jumped out of that big Olds Toronado and approached the suspect get away car with no apprehension. Your bravery that day and the impact it made on my life has followed me throughout my own Law Enforcement career in MDOC. Every time I faced a dangerous situation I thought of you and your ultimate sacrifice and service. Thank you my friend. I shall never forget. Respect.

Gary Strpko
Michigan Dept. of Corrections [retired]

October 12, 2018

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