Sean McDonald (1968-1994) was a rookie police officer killed in the line of duty at twenty-six years of age. McDonald was born in Ireland and moved as a child to Astoria, Queens, where he later graduated from Most Precious Blood Catholic School. When he joined the New York City police force in the early 1990s, he was assigned to the 44th Precinct in the Bronx.
On March 15, 1994, Officer McDonald was standing guard at a condemned building in the Bronx and was notified of a disturbance in a nearby tailor shop. He investigated the situation and disrupted a robbery in progress. As McDonald tried to handcuff one of the perpetrators, he was shot and killed. On June 3, 1995, city officials and Astoria community members gathered to dedicate Sean’s Place in memory of Officer McDonald in the neighborhood where he was raised.