Detective Sergeant John T. Donohue

Detective Sergeant John T. Donohue

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 16, 1923

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John T. Donohue

Detective Sergeant John Donohue was shot and killed by an emotionally disturbed man.

Detective Donohue heard several shots in front of West 135th Street near 5th Avenue, Manhattan. Detective Donohue and two other policemen went to investigate. They observed a probationary patrolman firing shots into a crowd of people. Detective Donohue leaped to seize the suspect's gun, and the suspect shouted: “I’m a Policeman” and fired again. Detective Donohue was struck with one of the shots. The two other policemen then exchanged shots with the suspect. The suspect was hit six times and died two days later.

Detective Donohue was taken to the hospital where he remained for some time. He was released back to his home but died from his wound four months later.

Detective Donohue had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and assigned to the 3rd Detective District of the Detective Division. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 423

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 1, 1922
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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