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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

Incident Date: 2/22/1993

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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I can't believe it has been 21 years since you were taken from us. It still seems like yesterday that we did our internship together and walked together during graduation from CSULB.

You are always in my heart and with every new trainee I have had I talk about you; hoping they realize how quickly things can happen and how fragile life can be.

Please watch over all of our brothers and sisters! God bless you and your family!

Cpl. Bryan Atkinson
Santa Ana Police Department / Friend
May 12, 2014


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