Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Springdale Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1975

John Tillman Hussey

Patrolman John Hussey was shot and killed after being abducted and handcuffed to a tree.

The subject shot him with his own service weapon three times. The man was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. He escaped from prison in the mid-1980s but was later recaptured after being profiled on the television show "America's Most Wanted."

Patrolman Hussey had only served with the Springdale Police Department for six weeks. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 310

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Hard to believe, 43 years ago. But so much has happened this year to remind us about Off. John T. Hussey. One of the men charged with his murder died in prison. There was a ceremony honoring John in that a new Highway in Arkansas has been dedicated to him. At the ceremony, there were so many people involved in this investigation, including SPD Mike Blocker, FBI Dick O'Connell, and Prosecutor Mahlon Gibson, all speaking and talking about the extensive investigation. John's family was there, including your wife Toni, who also spoke, telling of how John was actually sick that night but went to work anyway, so the department would not be shorthanded that night. A lot of tears, a lot of laughter, and a lot of memories flooded that room. Officers who were not even born were there, as well as many of the officers, all now retired, who lived that night. Never was I so proud of being a member of the Springdale Police Department and having worked with John.
And it shows, that a Hero will never be forgotten, long after the rest of us are gone as well. Your supervisor that night, Ollen Stepp passed away this year as well, and it was said that he just joined with John in order to keep Heaven safe as well.
Denny Upton

Lt. (Ret) Denny Upton
Springdale Police Department, Springdale, AR

December 21, 2018

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