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Deputy Sheriff Terry Thomas O'Connell | Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff

Terry Thomas O'Connell

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 5, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy O'Connell was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 30. The driver of the vehicle suddenly produced a handgun and shot him. The suspect was apprehended after a long manhunt and sentenced to life in prison.

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I knew Terry back in 1969-70 when he was working part-time as store security at the Clayton Famous Barr store. He was always very congenial, loved to talk, and at the time my entire life's desire was to become a cop...I was a junior at CBC when I met him. When I heard he was murdered it was like getting a spear in my side....I have since been a cop, RN, reserve deputy in 4 states and counties...it is becoming far more dangerous than it should be.
Terry...you left an indelible mark on many of us as a friend and fellow officer. It has been 45 years and I still remember your smile.

Riccardo Spurgeon, Retired/Patrolman
Creve Coeur Police Dept
February 26, 2015


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