Private Joseph E. Shawhan

Private Joseph E. Shawhan

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 1944

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Joseph E. Shawhan

Private Joseph Shawhan was killed in an automobile crash while pursuing a traffic violator on the Mount Vernon Memorial Boulevard (modern-day George Washington Memorial Parkway) in Fairfax County, Virginia, three miles south of Alexandria.

He had just dropped his partner off for lunch when it is believed he attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. His patrol car went out of control on the wet roadway and struck a tree.

Private Shawhan was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the United States Park Police for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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The proud men and women of the United States Park Police will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Joseph Shawhan and his surviving family. The selfless actions of our Fallen Heroes are the foundation of our core values (Integrity ~ Honor ~ Service). During Police Week, each year, we re-affirm and re-dedicate our commitment by honoring your service, your memory, and your sacrifice.

Chief of Police Rob MacLean
United States Park Police

May 6, 2016

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