Police Officer Donald Eugene Carpenter

Police Officer Donald Eugene Carpenter

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1964

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Donald Eugene Carpenter

Police Officer Donald Carpenter was shot and killed while responding to a burglary in progress at a motel at the intersection of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street.

As officers surrounded the building the suspect yelled that he was going to come out and surrender. He instead opened fire with a .32 caliber revolver, striking Officer Carpenter as he exited his patrol car and seriously wounding a second officer. Officer Carpenter succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The subject fled the scene after shooting the officers and remained at large for two weeks. After his arrest he told officers he had thrown the revolver into Lake Austin, where it was located after a four day search. the man was convicted of Officer Carpenter's murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Officer Carpenter was survived by his wife and two daughters.

In 2016 an Austin city street was renamed in honor of Officer Carpenter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 28, 1964
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years


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I have always missed you, but since Mama died the feeling is greater. My kids are growing their families and have these remarkable lives to live. Don Michael is your name sake. He has two children and a wife that loves him and takes care of him. He served our country for 8 years and is now learning a brand new vocation. He's not afraid to put himself out there, just as I imagine you had no fear in service...its just what you did and it came from your heart. Aaron is a sweet, genuine person. My mother in law says there is nothing fake about him and she's right. He has an excellent work ethic and studied criminal justice for a while. He's expecting his first kiddo, which would make you Great Grandpa to 4! Bekah is my baby. The princess and ruler of the roost. She's a mighty defender and one you need in your corner! She has so many gifts, I can't wait to see how she grows them. She's a momma and going to be a wife soon. I wish you and Momma were here to celebrate with us on earth....I have a feeling that I'll see a pair of cardinals on her wedding day though.

Love you always,


March 29, 2018

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