Detective Donald James Manning

Detective Donald James Manning

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, June 27, 1993

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Donald James Manning

Detective Donald Manning was shot and killed at Oakland Lake Park while off-duty.

Detective Manning and his female friend were approached by five gang members who attempted to rob them. Detective Manning drew his gun and, in an exchange of gunfire, he was wounded. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away shortly after midnight.

All five suspects were convicted of murder.

Detective Manning had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for six years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 2303

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 26, 1993
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Five suspects convicted

gang member, off duty

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Hey Don! Today I stopped by here to just reflect on my friends lost to the job. I'm in NY now, ( Don't ask) and am working on a new project that involves local Peer Support, C.O.P.S. and our Veterans Chaplin support group. Been retired now 12 years. That night was brutal and I/we worked hard to find the guys who shot you. You remember Elmer Starr, he was fishing on the other side of the Lake. While searching the area I came across Elmer and told him what happened. He'd heard the shots but had no idea it was you. Knowing Elmer as we both did, it would have a very bad day for those guys if he had located them. Elmer passed away a few years back, still fishing.
I embark on this new venture in honor of you and my other friends who died.
God Bless Brother.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth PD Retired

February 1, 2022

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