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Patrolman Daniel T. O'Connell | New Haven Police Department, Connecticut New Haven Police Department, Connecticut


Daniel T. O'Connell

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch: Monday, August 15, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman O'Connell was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with a prisoner.

The suspect had been arrested earlier in the evening for assaulting a family member. A patrol wagon had been called to transport the man from the Chapel Street Station to the downtown station. Prior to leaving for downtown, the wagon driver picked up Patrolman O'Connell to assist him with the transport.

As Patrolman O'Connell rode in the back of the wagon, the suspect attacked him. The man was able to gain control of Patrolman O'Connell's service revolver and fatally shot him. The man was then taken into custody by another officer and an off duty fireman.

Patrolman O'Connell was survived by his wife.

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