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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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I never know John, but I worked with his brother Ross at U of A farms In 1973 & 74. I have been saddened by this this event for years. A truely great family and such a coward to take a man like John Husssey. I drove highway 16 past lake Wedington tonight and thought of The family. R.I.P. Patrolman John Hussey, you are truley a hero in my book.

David Farrell
Former Springdale Firefighter
December 21, 2014

 

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