Correctional Officer William E. Donaldson

Correctional Officer William E. Donaldson

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 12, 1990

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William E. Donaldson

Correctional Officer William Donaldson was stabbed to death by a prisoner at the West Jefferson Correctional Institute when he entered a segregation unit to dispense medicine.

The suspect who murdered Officer Donaldson had been originally sent to prison for the shooting death of Fairfield Police Officer Myron Massey in 1985 during a traffic stop. Some time after murdering Corrections Officer Donaldson the suspect committed suicide.

The West Jefferson Correctional Institute was later renamed in honor of Officer Donaldson. Officer Donaldson was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Committed suicide

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My brother. I grew up with Bill. I was the sickly small boy of the family.But when ever others picked on me, one look from Bill and they just slowly walked away. Like all brothers we fought. But unlike most brothers we hugged and even held hands. He was my hero, long before he became a hero to everyone else. I miss you Bro. and love you. I can't wait to see you again someday.

Jerry L. Donaldson

January 12, 2014

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