Police Officer Donald Moon

Police Officer Donald Moon

Athens Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, November 3, 1963

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Donald Moon

Police Officer Donald Moon was shot and killed by a 15-year-old juvenile seeking revenge against him.

Officer Moon was off duty and teaching his girlfriend how to drive when the subject approached them and opened fire without warning.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison June 5, 2000.

Officer Moon had served with the Athens Police Department for only 19 months. Hired along with his cousin they were Athens' first black police officers. He was survived by one child. Officer Moon was a Korean War veteran.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge 9
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

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To my dearest uncle and family, I must say that we are from a blood line of strong individuals who can not be broken even if individuals try. My great uncle and cousin Rev. Killian are the greatest men I know with a wealth of knowledge of history and policing. As the great niece of the family, I am the only individual who is in policing, trying to carry out the legacy of policing. I truly appreciate them both for paving the way with hopes more individuals would inquire about the history of African Americans in Athens, GA.

Crystal Moon
Great Niece

June 17, 2014

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