Police Officer Sean A. McDonald

Police Officer Sean A. McDonald

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 15, 1994

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Sean A. McDonald

Police Officer Sean McDonald was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspects for the robbery of a clothing store.

At about 7:30 pm, Officer McDonald, who had been guarding a condemned building on the corner of Edward L. Grant Highway and Shakespeare Avenue in the High Bridge section of the Bronx, was alerted to suspicious activity in a nearby clothing shop. Walking into the store to investigate, he confronted two robbery suspects. After frisking one and attempting to frisk the other, both suspects attacked Officer McDonald. One of the suspects drew a firearm and fired at Officer McDonald, striking him at least five times in the neck, torso, and arm. Officer McDonald stumbled from the fusillade of bullets outside to the street and radioed for assistance before collapsing.

He was rushed to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he died a short time later.

The suspects fled the scene but were in custody within 48 hours. Both suspects were convicted of second-degree murder and armed robbery and sentenced to 25 years to life. They were denied parole in 2018. One suspect was granted parole in August 2021.

Police Officer Sean A. McDonald was a United States Army veteran and served with the New York City Police Department for 1 year and 8 months assigned to 44th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge 11686
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life


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RIP Sean, may god watch over your family for eternity.This city should remember your sacrifice for ever.you will not be forgotten by those who know what the job is about.Bless you in heaven brother

Sgt. K Ford NYPD retired

July 7, 2023

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