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

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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

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/9/1964

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: 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 near Thomas Circle, NW, when the man tackled him and gained control of his weapon. The suspect 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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
January 3, 2013

 

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