Corporal Joseph Thomas Cushman

Corporal Joseph Thomas Cushman

Arlington Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 7, 2001

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Joseph Thomas Cushman

Corporal Joseph Cushman was accidentally shot and killed while performing training for a school shooting.

A group of officers were conducting training at a local junior high school when Corporal Cushman was shot in the head. All of the officers involved were wearing helmets and vests and were supposed to be using rubber bullets.

Corporal Cushman and a second instructor were demonstrating a drill to other officers when the other instructor's weapon discharged. The school year had already ended, and no students were present during the training exercise.

Corporal Cushman had been employed with the Arlington Police Department for four and one-half years and had been awarded Rookie of the Year in 1999. He had been promoted to Corporal the day before he was killed.

Corporal Cushman is survived by his fiancee and parents.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1676

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)


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"Greater love has no man" John 15 : 13. This home was built in memory of Arlington PD Cpl Joseph "Joey" T. Cushman #1676

These words were written on the wall of a home built in Acuna Mexico in October 2023 in Joey's honor. During his lifetime Joey made several trips to Mexico and South America to help build homes for deserving families.

Several active and retired members of Arlington PD made the October trip and built the home to commemorate Joey and continue his legacy. A family received a home, Joey's parents received a placard from the build site, but the ones who benefited the most were those of us involved in the build.

Joey's legacy of service and as a man of God lives on. No greater love.

Travis Mott #1069
Arlington PD retired

December 7, 2023

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