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Deputy Sheriff Joseph M. O'Connor | Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph M. O'Connor

Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, August 13, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Guilty of negligent homicide

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Deputy Joseph O'Connor was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic three miles east of Spokane at 0430 hours. The drunk driver entered the accident scene at a high rate of speed and struck Deputy O'Connor, throwing him 300 feet and killing him instantly. The suspect was apprehended and convicted of negligent homicide.

Deputy O'Connor had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Another officer has joined you, Dad. Two more children that won't get to know their Dad. He was from Coeur D'Alene, ID. The whole community has come together and that community stretches the border.
I miss you all the time. I love you.

Juliana O'Connor
daughter
May 8, 2015

 

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