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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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Terry was the second husband of my Aunt Janet, who had been married to my paternal uncle until she was widowed. I've never forgotten the terrible story of his death, even though I was only 10 at the time.

Liz Smith
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January 18, 2017

 

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