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Detective Sergeant John T. Donohue | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

John T. Donohue

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, February 16, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 423

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/1/1922

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Sergeant John Donohue was shot and killed by an emotionally disturbed man.

Detective Donohue heard several shots shots in front of West 135th Street near 5th Avenue, Manhattan. Detective Donohue and two other policemen went to investigate. They observed a probationary patrolman firing shots into a crowd of people. Detective Donohue leaped to seize the suspect's gun and the suspect shouted “I’m a Policeman” and fired again. Detective Donohue was struck with one of the shots. The two other policemen then exchanged shots with the suspect. The suspect was struck six times and died two days later.

Detective Donohue was taken to the hospital where he remained for some time. He was released back to his home, but died from his wound four months later.

Detective Donohue had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the 3rd Detective District of the Detective Division. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

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John T. Donahue was my great grandfather. My grandmother was 10 when he passed. We were always told that he was shot by a drunken sailor. I don't know if it was because my grandmother was mistaken or maybe she didn't want us to have bad feelings about police officers. She passed in 1995 so I guess we will never know. We also didn't know that he had survived for 4 months after the shooting. Thank you for posting what happened happened to my great grandfather.

Laura Lane
great grand daughter
January 6, 2012


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