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Memorial to Harry J. McDonald

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: July 22, 1929
Rank: Officer
Years of Service: Seven
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 300 block Maryland Avenue


On July 22, 1929, Officer McDonald caught two burglary suspects in an alley near 17th and Q Streets, NW. Officer McDonald placed the suspects in the front seat of his scout car, without handcuffs to try to locate a call box. Upon exiting the vehicle, he was shot in the chest at close range by one of the suspects. As Officer McDonald staggered backwards, he drew his weapon and killed one suspect and fired twice at the other. He died on the scene. 



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