Deputy Sheriff John J. McDonald

Deputy Sheriff John J. McDonald

Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1919

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John J. McDonald

Deputy Sheriff John McDonald, Sheriff Joe Talbott, and Deputy Constable James Stapleton were shot and killed while transporting three auto theft suspects they had arrested to jail.

One suspect was later arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life on July 4, 1920. He was granted a new trial and acquitted on September 14, 1922.

Deputy McDonald was survived by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 5, 1919
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff McDonald,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lafayette County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 4, 2019

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