John O'Connell

End of Watch: Thursday, July 8, 1869

Biographical Info

Age: 30

Tour of Duty: Not available

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire (accidental)

Date of Incident: July 8, 1869

Incident Location: Not available

Weapon Used: Not applicable

Case Status: Closed

Fallen Hero Generic Website


Patrolman John O'Connell was accidentally shot and killed by other officers who mistook him for a burglary suspect.

Patrolman O'Connell and two (2) other officers stopped to talk to a female friend. Two of the officers jokingly attempted to grab Patrolman O'Connell under the arms.

Laughing, Officer O'Connell broke away and started to run. The two (2)  officers yelled "stop, thief" as he did so. Three (3) other officers who were nearby, who did not know Officer O'Connell was a policeman, opened fire, striking him in the back.

Patrolman O'Connell is survived by his wife.

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