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 five hours later at a roadblock in Oklahoma by state police officers. Both, 15 and 16, were wanted for questioning in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin about several crimes.

The 15-year-old shooter and his 16-year-old accomplice were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of December 13, 2022, the 15-year-old, now 57, was in prison. He has committed 19 major disciplinary violations.

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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I remember Donnie McGuire so very much!! My husband at the time was Floyd Van Horn, who was one of his training officers. He always said that Donnie was going to be a Great Police Officer. And that he was. Him and his buddy Joe O’ belly used to come by our house and have a beer and just have laughs and fun. When we weren’t home they would leave 2 Budweiser’s on our back door door knob just to let us know that they had been there!! It was a very, very sad sad day when we lost him. Not just for the LRPD , but for all those that loved that guy!! I miss you Donnie!!
Rest In Peace!!
Alice (Van Horn) Mowrey

A friend. Alice
Alice (Van Horn) Mowrey good friend to Donnie

May 14, 2021

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