Lieutenant John Eaton Bradshaw

Lieutenant John Eaton Bradshaw

Tempe Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, September 20, 1987

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John Eaton Bradshaw

Lieutenant John Bradshaw was shot and killed while responding to an officer needs assistance call.

The call came in from an officer whose weapon was stolen by an inmate he was transporting to the hospital. The suspect then took a motorcycle driver hostage and fled the scene. Lieutenant Bradshaw stopped up the road from the suspect and waited for his arrival at Hohokam Highway and University Drive.

When the suspect saw the patrol car he fired one shot which struck Lieutenant Bradshaw in the chest. The suspect was later shot by Department of Public Safety officers.

Lieutenant Bradshaw had served with the Tempe Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Lieutenant Bradshaw was a graduate of the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

FBI National Academy, FBINA

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Met John shortly after he started with TPD. Later I went on with AZDPS, and got to work with John every now and then. Seemed like when I needed a Back Up on the 360, he was always there. RIP Lt John. Still think of you today.

Trooper Steve Crane, 2175
Friend to John. AHP

January 12, 2022

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