Chief of Detectives John Donahue

Chief of Detectives John Donahue

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1902

John Donahue

Chief of Detectives John Donahue was shot and killed by a man he attempted to arrest for assaulting a woman with an axe.

As Detective Donahue approached the man on a local street, the suspect drew a revolver and shot him in the head, killing him instantly. As the suspect attempted to escape a 16 year-old boy shot him in the face with a shotgun. As he lay in the street writhing in pain he shot himself in the head.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Committed suicide

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