Mission Moment – August 2022

August 2022 Mission Moment

Officer Karl McDonough’s Line of Duty Death in 2010 Continues to Motivate our August Officer of the Month

On October 12, 2010, Officer Karl McDonough was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver.

Officer McDonough and another officer were on patrol and were traveling south on Zaragoza Road. As they passed through the intersection at Saul Kleinfeld Drive, their patrol car was struck by the other vehicle. The patrol car was pushed into a light pole and Officer McDonough was killed. His partner was seriously injured.

The driver was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Officer McDonough had served with the El Paso Police Department for four years and had served previously with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and brother.

Editor’s note:  Officer McDonough was the partner of MADD’s August 2022 Officer of the Month.  Please see the Officer of the Month article for more information of how his legacy lives on and continues to motivate other officers.

The offender in this case was ultimately convicted of Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault and DWI. The offender was probation eligible; he was sentenced to seven years’ probation and six months to serve in jail.


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