Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Springdale Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1975

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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


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It is hard to believe that 45 years have past since the day that forever changed my life. John was the best friend I ever had. We did everything together when I was in the 10th and 11th grades. John was a year ahead of me and when he started at the UofA we didn't see as much of each other then my family moved to Florida. As soon as we heard John was missing I started packing and we got word of his murder just before I left. I spent Christmas with his family and will never forget when the FBI came to update his parents. I moved back to Fayetteville and after farming for a while I felt this incredibly strong calling to honor John. I joined the Washington County Sheriff's Office and finished out my career after working for Huntsville PD, the US Marshal and ended up in Alaska where I retired.
My entire law enforcement career was dedicated to the most honest and best man I ever knew. John Tillman Hussey.

Rodney Hinson
Best friend

December 21, 2019

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