Detective Noel Don McGuire

Detective Noel Don McGuire

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1980

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Noel Don McGuire

Detective Noel Don McGuire was shot and killed while working a vice detail.

He had stopped a suspicious vehicle that ran a red light and questioned the suspects. As he returned to his cruiser one of the suspects shot him in the back, leg, and stomach. Detective McGuire was able to call for help on his radio. Unbeknownst to him, the suspects had just committed an armed robbery in a neighboring county. Both suspects were arrested a few hours later in Oklahoma by state police officers.

The 15-year-old shooter and his 16-year-old accomplice were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Detective McGuire had served with the Little Rock Police Department for five years. He survived by his parents.

Among those in attendance at his funeral was then-governor, and future U.S. President, Bill Clinton. Don met with Gov. Clinton when he applied for a job with the Capitol and Governor's security force.

In 1982 the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17 changed its name to the Noel Don Mcguire Memorial Lodge# 17.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile offender

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Your smile captivated from the moment I saw you. I remember our rides on your motorcycle and meeting your parents. You were my inspiration of what being a police officer really is. You'd visit me in the Training Division from Narcotics and share words of encouragement, one day sparking my interest in the "man" behind the badge. It was these times we shared together that showed me your tender side. I do miss the old "gang" Joe, Doc, Ralf, Linda, Faith, Sgt. Riggins, etc., but I miss you the most. We will meet up again for pizza. Until the say, "Hello" to my Dad. I miss you always Don.

Cadet Debbie L. Futrell
LR Police Department 1979-1981

April 10, 2020

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