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Patrolman Joseph L. O'Neil | Buffalo Police Department, New York Buffalo Police Department, New York


Joseph L. O'Neil

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 7, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 999

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Joseph O'Neil was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to Meyer Memorial Hospital.

The subject had walked into the Precinct 3 station house earlier in the day and was charged under the state's mental hygiene law to be admitted to a hospital.

As Patrolman O'Neil and two other officers approached the emergency room door the man grabbed one of the officers' service revolvers from its holster and began running. He then turned and opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman O'Neil. One of the other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Patrolman O'Neil had served with the Buffalo Police Department for 26 years and was assigned to Precinct 3.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman O'Neil and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO!

Robyn Wilkes
October 5, 2015


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