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Sergeant Quin Edward O'Brien | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

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Quin Edward O'Brien

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Thursday, June 22, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 24 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant O'Brien and Deputy Michael Geszvain were shot and killed when a prisoner gained control of Deputy Geszvain's service weapon. The officers were standing in court with the prisoner when the incident occurred. The suspect exchanged shots with another deputy on the first floor of the courthouse. Sergent O'Brien was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

The suspect was apprehended after taking a hostage and forcing her to drive to Madison, Wisconsin. The man was sentenced to two counts of life in prison.

Sergeant O'Brien had served 24 years with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

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Deputy Sheriff Michael Geszvain
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 21, 1978
Cause: Gunfire

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My father died a hero, trying to save lives and stop a prisoner from taking them. Quin was fortunate: how many of us leave this existence in such a grand manner...

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