Patrolman James J. Donovan

Patrolman James J. Donovan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 1943

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James J. Donovan

Patrolman Donovan was inadvertently shot and killed while off-duty and in civilian clothes by another Patrolman who mistook Patrolman Donovan for an offender.

Patrolman Donovan was survived by his wife and four children. He had had served with the New York City Police Department for four years and was assigned to the 75th Precinct.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 2352

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity, off duty

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Patrolman Donovan,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 19, 2023

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