Reserve Officer Daniel J. Donovan

Reserve Officer Daniel J. Donovan

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, September 29, 1908

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Daniel J. Donovan

Reserve Officer Donovan was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while waiting for his assignment at headquarters. The other officer was retrieving his weapon after having it inspected. As he was putting it in its holster the weapon discharged and the round struck Reserve Officer Donovan in the chest. Reserve Officer Donovan was taken to a local hospital where he died 30 minutes later.

Reserve Officer Donovan had served with the Springfield Police Department for 8 months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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