Officer James Wayne MacDonald

Officer James Wayne MacDonald

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 22, 1993

James Wayne MacDonald

Officer MacDonald and Officer Kevin Burrell were shot and killed while making a traffic stop at the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue and Dwight Avenue.

The subject was a parolee and was in possession of a handgun. The subject was able to break free as the officers attempted to handcuff him. He fired at both officers with another gun he still had concealed on his person.

The man was arrested and convicted of two counts of murdering a police officer and received the death penalty.

Officer MacDonald had served with the Compton Police Department for 18 months. He was survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 1032

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

parolee, traffic stop

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RIP Officer James Wayne MacDonald. I’m a friend of Officer Kevin Burrell. I think of you both daily and i continue to pray for your families. Keep patrolling Heaven brother and watching over us that are still here. Thank you. Never forgotten!!!!

Detective Lionel Garrett
Inglewood Police Department

February 23, 2018

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