Police Officer John J. Donovan

Police Officer John J. Donovan

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, September 25, 1903

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John J. Donovan

Policeman John Donovan was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect.

The suspect attempted to flee but was shot and wounded by other officers and was taken into custody.

The man was sentenced to death and executed on September 29th, 1904.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 2002

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1904


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Rest in peace Officer Donovan.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 24, 2021

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