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Patrolman William A. O'Connor | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


William A. O'Connor

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, June 4, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 3470

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/3/1928

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to 50 years

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Patrolman William A. O'Connor was shot and mortally wounded when he walked in on three men robbing a soft drink parlor on South Halstead Street. In an exchange of gunfire Patrolman O'Connor was hit once in the head. He died the next day at Englewood Hospital.

The three suspects were arrested twelve days later. They were found to be responsible for over two dozen other robberies. All three were convicted of Patrolman O'Connor's murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison on August 9, 1928.

Patrolman O'Connor was survived by his wife, mother, and five brothers. Four of his brothers are police officers. He served 18 months in France during World War I.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 4, 2015


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