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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Off. John Hussey , Springdale Police Department, Arkansas, died on December 21, 1975 at the age of 22. One of the men convicted in his death was Harold Davey Cassell who received a life without parole sentence. On Oct 7, 2018, Cassell died as an inmate in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, completing his sentence, 43 years after John's death.
Rest in Peace, John, Rest in Peace.

Lt. (Ret) Denny Upton, Springdale Police Dept.

Lt. (Ret) Denny Upton
Springdale Police Department, Springdale, AR

October 11, 2018

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