Officer Martin I. Donovan

Officer Martin I. Donovan

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1964

Martin I. Donovan

Officer Martin Donovan was shot and killed when a mentally disturbed man attacked him without provocation.

He was on foot patrol on 14th Street, NW, just south of Thomas Circle, when the man tackled him and gained control of his weapon. The subject claimed the reason he attacked Officer Donovan was because the police uniform "bugged" him.

Officer Donovan was a US military veteran and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, child, four brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

Most Recent Reflection

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Marty, you inspired me yesterday, today and tomorrow ! I've thought of you often and continue to do so. I followed in your footsteps and became an MPDC Officer in 1971. Your were my cousin who then became my brother officer ! Many who knew you, on the job, described your high quality as both a person and police officer. It's a legacy worthy of respect. You were a true example to your family, your department and the community you faithfully served ! Every July 9th your memory and sacrifice are honored ! Your now adult daughter is truly a wonderful person of who is a source of great love and pride ! Your family continues to carry your memory in our collective hearts ! I can think of no better testament to you, Officer Donovan !
10-7 and God's Speed, Marty !

Sgt. Kevin M McCarthy (ret.)
MPDC Sgt. & Marty Donovan's cousin

January 28, 2017

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