Sergeant Joseph M. Cournoyer

Sergeant Joseph M. Cournoyer

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 29, 1985

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Joseph M. Cournoyer

Sergeant Joseph Cournoyer was shot and killed while questioning a suspect who had just robbed a store.

Sergeant Cournoyer observed one of the men board a Metro bus near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station and escorted him off of the bus for identification purposes. The suspect began to struggle with Sergeant Cournoyer and drew a gun and shot him in the chest.

Sergeant Cournoyer had been with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Sgt. Cournoyer,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

January 29, 2019

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