Chief of Detectives John "Jack" Donahue

Chief of Detectives John "Jack" Donahue

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1902

Add to My Heroes

John "Jack" 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 man drew a revolver and shot Detective Donahue in the head, killing him instantly.

The man was arrested and convicted of murder. While in his cell, he committed suicide.

Chief Donahue had served with the Hot Springs Police Department for at least three years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt, assault

Most Recent Reflection

View all 8 Reflections

Chief Det. Donahue,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hot Springs.


United States Border Patrol

December 25, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.