Police Officer Donald C. Sparks

Police Officer Donald C. Sparks

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, March 4, 1963

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Donald C. Sparks

Police Officer Donald Sparks was shot and killed after stopping a robbery suspect at Grand Boulevard and Castleman Avenue following a grocery store robbery.

The suspect was arrested several hours later by other officers. The ex-convict was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The Missouri Supreme Court awarded him a new trial and he was sentenced to life.

Officer Sparks had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and 9-year-old daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Don you were a good friend of my father and to all the people that lived on south 14th Street. I can remember when the whole neighborhood sat out in front of there houses and you would swing by and put your lights and siren on and all the kids in the neighborhood would get a big kick out of it. I have a picture of you with my dad and you have a big beautiful smile in the picture. That smile I will never forget. I also remember you picking me up a few times an taking me to your house to play with your daughter Debbie when you and your wife were working on the house and Debbie and I played in the park across the street.
You will always be loved and never forgotten
Laurene Kish {Spengemann}

Laurene Kish (Spengemann)
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August 30, 2012

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