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.