Officer Donald W. Downs

Officer Donald W. Downs

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, September 1, 1946

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Donald W. Downs

Officer Donald Downs was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at 7th Street and Maine Avenue, SW. The driver jumped the curb and struck him. The man attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended.

Officer Downs had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 67th anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2013

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