Trooper Roy A. Donivan

Trooper Roy A. Donivan

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Monday, October 8, 1923

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Roy A. Donivan

Trooper Roy Donivan was shot and killed while he and three other plainclothes officers patrolled Saratoga-Albany Road (current-da Route 9) in Wilton, Saratoga County, after a rash of robberies.

They were flagged down by a man who, with two other men, attempted to rob them. A gunfight ensued in which Trooper Donivan was fatally wounded. The suspects were apprehended following his murder.

One suspect was convicted of manslaughter, and another was acquitted.

Trooper Donivan was a United States Army World War I veteran and had been assigned to Troop G. He was survived by his wife, two sons, his parents, a brother, and four sisters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Three suspects apprehended

robbery in progress

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Trooper Donivan,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York State. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 8, 2023

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