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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Pvt. Shawhan,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 15, 2024

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