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Patrolman John Tillman Hussey | Springdale Police Department, Arkansas Springdale Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman

John Tillman Hussey

Springdale Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Sunday, December 21, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 month

Badge # 310

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/21/1975

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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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.

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John and I graduated from the Arkansas Police Academy (ALETA) in !975. He and I were Police Officers for the Department of Public Safety with the University of Arkansas prior to his having joined the Springdale Police Department. It is so satisfying to have found this web page that offers me an opportunity to offer my regards, in writing, for John Tilman Hussey. John was an unabashed Christian, he was seen as a devoted husband to his wife, who later became a Police Officer herself. He was a Black Belt in Karate, he didn't smoke, cuss, drink, nor gossip. He was loyal to his friends and colleagues. He was fearless. I never understood why someone like John would meet the kind of fate that he did. After more than 30 years in Law Enforcement and Corrections, it still escapes my sense of fairness where a life like John Hussey's was taken when he could have become a poster model for other young men and women to pattern their lives by. I spent many moments in John's company and truly enjoyed that loud cackle of a laugh he had. He was so alive. He was comfortable with who he was. He was younger than I was but yet he had a way of inspiring me to expect more of myself in the ways of becoming a better human being. I am, today, a better human beng for have known, and worked with John Tillman Hussey. He was my friend.

Semon Thompson - Criminal Investigator
Department of Public Safety
February 13, 2014

 

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