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Officer James Wayne MacDonald | Compton Police Department, California Compton Police Department, California


James Wayne MacDonald

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 22, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 1032

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer MacDonald and Officer Kevin Burrell were shot and killed while making a traffic stop. As the officers attempted to handcuff him, he somehow got loose. The suspect fired at them with another gun he had concealed on his person. The man was arrested and convicted of two counts of murdering a police officer and received the death penalty.

Officer MacDonald had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his parents and brother.

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Officer Kevin Michael Burrell
Compton Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 23, 1993
Cause: Gunfire

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Kevin Michael Burrell (RIP) and James Wayne MacDonald (RIP)

Watching the movie “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON,” I could not help but think about the senseless murders of Burrell and MacDonald (who were not mentioned in the movie)….(Sigh).

Michael B. Parlor
August 14, 2015


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