Patrolman Donald R. Aleshire

Patrolman Donald R. Aleshire

Mount Holly Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, March 28, 1975

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Donald R. Aleshire

Patrolman Donald Aleshire and Officer William Wurst of the Hainesport Police Department were shot and killed by a sniper. Officer John Holmes, also of the Mount Holly Police Department, was wounded on the same day and paralyzed before succumbing to his injuries 17 years later.

The mother of the 23-year-old suspect said he thought he was back in Vietnam. In 1977 he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed. He was still institutionalized in 2021.

Patrolman Aleshire had served with the Mount Holly Police Department for three months and had previously served with the Philadelphia Police Department. On the day of his death, which was his 30th birthday, he had volunteered to work overtime. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to mental institution

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Rest in peace Patrolman Aleshire.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 16, 2020

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