Patrolman John E. McDaniel

Patrolman John E. McDaniel

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, August 19, 1928

John E. McDaniel

Patrolman John McDaniel was shot when he responded to a disturbance between two acquaintances.

When Patrolman McDaniel attempted to arrest one of the men, he was shot. He was transported to the hospital, but died three days later of his wound.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction and he was tried a second time, again convicted of murder, and again sentenced to death.

On August 21st, 1930, the subject, along with another condemned murderer, escaped from the Fulton County Jail. He was recaptured six years later in Enid, Oklahoma, and returned to Georgia. On October 14th, 1936, Governor Herman E. Talmadge commuted his sentence to life. On May 22nd, 1938, he escaped from a prison work camp in Chattooga County. He was recaptured two weeks later in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Just before he was to be returned to Georgia, Oklahoma officials discovered that he was responsible for the attempted murder of a man and his wife in Hennessay, Oklahoma, just before he was recaptured the first time. On August 9th, 1938, he was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and sentenced to two concurrent 10 year sentences in the Oklahoma Penitentiary.

Patrolman McDaniel had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 16, 1928
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer McDaniel was my grandfather (my father's father). I rarely recall my father talking about him, only that he died in the line of duty. My father was 4 years old at the time, so most likely he had very few memories. I also don't recall his sisters talking about it much and my grandmother was deceased before I was born.

It has taken me a very long time to find information about him and his service with the City of Atlanta Police Dept. I am thankful to Jason at Historical Crime Detective website for posting an article and referring me to this site. I am more sorrowful now for my father's family knowing a few more details of his death.

Margaret McDaniel

May 1, 2018

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