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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

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: 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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this day is so bittersweet for me we had just moved here from California and my brother in law was driving we got lost on highway 71 you see i was 10 yrs old and remember reading his badge from the back seat of our car. He took us to our destination which was Daline street where we had purchased a home it was just hours before the shooting took place the next morning i remember all too well being 10 yrs old and reading It was Hussey I have never forgotten that day ......for over 40 yrs i have felt so helpless even now at 50 yrs old I feel as helpless today as i did back then ............He was an amazing officer and one that should never be forgotten........... some memories you just don't shake they go to grave with you

DEBORAH JOHNSON
CITIZEN
December 21, 2015

 

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