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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 am Terry's younger sister. My son, Matt found this page and sent it to me today. Matt is 35 and was born on Terry's birthday, May 1...forever linked to his uncle. Terry's death left a huge gap in the hearts of so many, his family, his new wife and her 2 children and all of his friends. I read all the reflections and am so grateful to see so many were touched by his compassion and humor. I moved to Cincinnati when I married my husband David, but often returned to St. Louis to visit my mom or dad while they were living. One year I attended the memorial for fallen officers in Jefferson County and talked to many of the officers, who knew Terry. Reading these reflections for the first time is really difficult but also uplifting. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.
Sharon Disher

Sharon Disher
June 7, 2016


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