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Officer Martin I. Donovan | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Martin I. Donovan

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Thursday, July 9, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Martin Donovan was shot and killed when a mentally disturbed man attacked him without provocation.

He was on foot patrol on 14th Street, NW, just south of Thomas Circle, when the man tackled him and gained control of his weapon. The subject claimed the reason he attacked Officer Donovan was because the police uniform "bugged" him.

Officer Donovan was a US military veteran and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, child, four brothers, and four sisters.

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The members of the Coastal Carolina Shields will dedicate it's monthly meeting on July 1, 2014 to the memory of PO Martin Donovan. May his dedication to service never be forgotten.

Dennis Cangelosi, President
Coastal Carolina Shields

Dennis Cangelosi
President, Coastal Carolina Shields
June 30, 2014


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