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

directing traffic, drunk driver

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One of four children, I was almost two years old when my father, Donald W. Downs, Sr. died. My brother, Donald W. Downs, Jr., who passed away at age 81 on October 15, 2023, was a police officer as well working in P.G. County and was involved in C.O.P.S. Police officers are our protectors and do such a wonderful job every day to keep us safe. We must continue to support them in every way we can and appreciate what they do.

My father and brother will live in my heart forever. They are my heroes.

Janet Downs Andrews

March 5, 2024

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