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Patrolman James H. O'Brien | Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

Patrolman

James H. O'Brien

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Sunday, February 12, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 77

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman O'Brien and Sergeant William Flynn were shot and killed while conducting a liquor raid at 9 Booth Street. The suspect shot both officers in the back and then retreated into a bedroom. Although both officers were mortally wounded, they stood guard where the suspect had barricaded himself while other officers ran to get help. Once the suspect was in custody both officers were taken to Rhode Island Hospital where they died of their wounds. The suspect was convicted of their murders and served 30 years in the State Penitentiary.

Patrolman O'Brien was assigned to the "Flying Squad" and had been with the agency for 14 years.

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Sergeant William A. Flynn
Providence Police Department, Rhode Island
End of Watch: Sunday, February 12, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 13, 2012

 

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