Patrolman Donald A. Brown

Patrolman Donald A. Brown

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, May 24, 1974

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Donald A. Brown

Patrolman Donald Brown was shot and killed during a robbery while escorting a store manager to the bank in the American Legion Shopping Center at 630 American Legion Highway. A car containing four individuals pulled up alongside Patrolman Brown and the store manager and one of the men announced a robbery. Patrolman Brown was shot as he attempted to draw his service revolver. The four got away with $3,000.

A month later one suspect, 28, surrendered to Boston Police.

He was murdered one month prior to his planned retirement. Patrolman Brown had served with the Boston Police Department for 29 years.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

robbery, secondary employment

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Officer Brown, it has been 49 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 25, 2023

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