Captain Jonathan David Parnell

Captain Jonathan David Parnell

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Jonathan David Parnell

Captain Jonathan Parnell died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Captain Parnell had served with the Detroit Police Department for 31 years and was assigned to the Homicide Unit. He is survived by three sons.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Jonathon Parnell, Recon, Doc, JP. Fellow DPD Special Response Team member. A terrific Police and Tactical Operator. Recon always gave 100%, was known as a quiet but through guy. He always had your "6". I was so sad to hear of his untimely death.
I'm sure he is at those gates to heaven with those other SRT members who have passed and gave all they had for the job. Bless you brother in arms.

Sgt. Douglas Duncan, retired, aka Double Dee,

Douglas Duncan, Sgt. Special Response Te
Detroit Police Dept. Special Response Team, retired.

October 14, 2021

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