Detective Noel Don McGuire

Detective Noel Don McGuire

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1980

Noel Don McGuire

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

He had stopped a suspicious vehicle and questioned the suspects. As he returned to his cruiser one of the suspects shot him in the back. He 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.


  • 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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Just thinking and checking in on you Don.. You were a good friend here on earth and I hope you are keeping an eye on my ol wife Suzanne.. I warned you she was on her way and things would never be the same again.. We got married just after you were taken from us so you never met down here. I just learned my old girlfriend (before Suzanne), and your friend, Sandy.. has also passed away a few years ago.. I guess you knew it before I did and you will surely have your hands full with both of them.. Just a word to say I am thinking of all of my brothers and sisters from the job and our friends and family with you there or the ones still stuck here. Things are bad for all the brothers and sisters in Blue or Brown (L.E.) now days. No Respect for the job or the man.. Now mostly thought of as a target by way too many. Heaven help all our active law enforcement personnel and may the good citizens and people we try to serve and protect keep or regain the respect they did have for Law Enforcement

Capt (Retired) Paul "Steve" Watson
DeQueen Police Department

February 8, 2018

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