Patrolman John Leslie McDonald

Patrolman John Leslie McDonald

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 1908

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John Leslie McDonald

Patrolman John McDonald was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man for creating a disturbance.

During the ensuing struggle, Patrolman McDonald was shot in the forehead and killed. The suspect was arrested a short time later.

The 52-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial and sentenced to life. He died in the Lima State Mental Hospital on October 9, 1918.

Patrolman McDonald had served with the Steubenville Police Department for only a few months. He was survived by his two brothers.

He is buried at Union Cemetary, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John Leslie McDonald of the Steubenville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 7, 2024

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