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Trooper Conroy G. O'Brien | Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

Trooper

Conroy G. O'Brien

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 24, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 108

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Three suspects apprehended

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Trooper Conroy O'Brien was shot and killed during a traffic stop on the Kansas Turnpike near Matfield Green. During a struggle with the three suspects, they obtained his service weapon.

One of the subjects then walked him to a nearby ditch and pistol whipped him, fracturing his skull. The man then shot him twice in the head before spitting on him.

The subjects were later apprehended after a shootout with other officers. One turned state's evidence and served seven years, another died in prison in 2009, and the third man was sentenced to serve 45 years to life. The suspects were all wanted for a string of armed robberies at the time of the shooting.

Trooper O'Brien had served with the Kansas Highway Patrol for four years. He was survived by his expectant wife.

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When I was just a boy I lived in the same apartment complex as Conroy. Conroy took me under took me under his wing and showed me kindness when my Father was mostly absent. He was a good man taken from to early.

Dave Ross
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July 8, 2016

 

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