Officer Martin I. Donovan

Officer Martin I. Donovan

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1964

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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

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Rest in peace I wish I could a got to know you and your 2nd born grandchild you have 6 great grandchildren they are all girls I would have loved to have a life with you you'd be very proud of mom she's done a good job he be very proud of Kristina and you'd be very proud of me I love you miss you very much

Love your granddaughter Robyn Burke


October 29, 2019

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