Patrolman Donald T. McHale

Patrolman Donald T. McHale

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, March 25, 1951

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Donald T. McHale

Patrolman Donald McHale was killed after being pushed through a window, causing him to suffer deep cuts on his legs.

He and a friend had just left a club when two men approached them and attempted to rob them. Patrolman McHale identified himself as an officer and chased one of the men. During the ensuing struggle Patrolman McHale was pushed through a glass window of a department store at Lake Street and 17th Avenue South.

The subjects were apprehended but were not prosecuted due to lack of evidence.

Patrolman McHale was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and served with the Minneapolis Police Department for three years. He was survived by wife, five children, and a brother who was a detective with the agency.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender No charges filed

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Grandpa, Thank you for everything! Unfortunately i never got to meet you, but have heard many great things about you! I am honored to call you my Grandpa, and it saddens me that we will never speak. I think of you often, and i am excited to learn more about you. I will be telling my kids about you, and how you are not just our HERO but many peoples HERO! I LOVE YOU GRANDPA, RIP!

Love- Grandson, Patrick Joseph McHale(son of George)

Patrick McHale

November 16, 2016

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