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Officer Stephen J. Ondas | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio


Stephen J. Ondas

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, October 21, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 24

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Stephen Ondas was shot and killed by the 19 year-old driver of a car he and his partner, Officer Phil Brady, stopped for not having any headlights.

The suspect had a traffic warrant and resisted arrest and fled. The officers pursued the suspect and a struggle ensued near the police cruiser where the suspect grabbed Officer Ondas' firearm and shot Officer Ondas in the chest.

The suspect surrendered to police several hours later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life February 20, 1973. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.

Officer Ondas had served with the agency for only six months. He is survived by his wife and daughter, born a few weeks after his death.

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