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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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12 June, 2015. I had no idea there was a memorial page for Terry O'Connell, but found it while talking to my wife about losing relatives. Terry was the son of the daughter of my Aunt Tish, my mother's older sister, and Tom O'Connell. I was always told that made us cousins. I was older by several years and had known Terry from the first day he got home from the hospital. We were fairly close, although we lived in different areas and went to different schools. In 1958 I went away to college and in 1962 moved to Oregon for my first teaching position. We never saw each other again. I always remembered him and was shocked when I got word from family in a letter that he had been killed. I understand he had a wife and that there were children. I do not know what happened to the troglodyte who killed him, but I hope he paid accordingly. To his family and friends go my best wishes, many years late, but believe me it is from my heart!

Anthony Marks, retired teacher
June 13, 2015


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