Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Patrolman John Tillman Hussey

Springdale Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1975

John Tillman Hussey

Patrolman John Hussey was shot and killed after being abducted and handcuffed to a tree.

The subject shot him with his own service weapon three times. The man was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. He escaped from prison in the mid-1980s but was later recaptured after being profiled on the television show "America's Most Wanted."

Patrolman Hussey had only served with the Springdale Police Department for six weeks. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 310

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember watching an episode of America’s Most Wanted back in it’s early days where it was profiling the guy who shot and killed Hussey. The guys name was James Ray Renton. The guy was obviously dangerous enough to be added to both the FBIs and US Marshals most wanted fugitives list. Thankfully the guy is dead, he died in prison in 1996 and Husseys loved ones can breath a sigh of relief. RIP John.

Luke McNamara
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November 27, 2017

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